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New Orleans Saints draft history: 2009 draft

Taking a look back at the 2009 draft

The New Orleans Saints didn't have many picks in the 2009 draft but they made the most of the ones they had. First-round pick Malcolm Jenkins made an immediate impact on the team at cornerback and on special teams as a rookie before settling in as the team's starting free safety. The Saints traded their next pick for tight end Jeremy Shockey who would become a key member of the team's Super Bowl-winning squad that season.

The most unheralded pick of the Saints' draft, the fifth-round selection of punter Thomas Morstead, may go down as one of the team's late-round picks of all time. Morstead is still with the team and has done a fantastic job on punts and handling kickoffs.

Held April 25-26, 2009

1.            Malcolm Jenkins, cb (14)               Ohio State

2.            (#45) Traded to N.Y. Giants along with fifth-round

                pick (#152) in exchange for TE Jeremy Shockey

3.            (#76) Traded to N.Y. Jets along with 2008 fourth-

                round pick in exchange for lb Jonathan Vilma and

                2009 fourth-round pick (#118)

4a.          Chip Vaughn, s (116)       Wake Forest

4b.          Stanley Arnoux, lb (118)                Wake Forest

                choice from N.Y. Jets

5.            (#151) Traded to N.Y. Giants

5.            Thomas Morstead, p (164)           Southern Methodist

                choice from Philadelphia

6.            (#184) Traded to Green Bay in exchange for 2008

                seventh-round pick

7.            (#222) Traded to Philadelphia along with fifth-

                round pick in 2010 draft in exchange for fifth-

                round pick (#164)

Photos of New Orleans Saints P Thomas Morstead from the 2013 season (New Orleans Saints photos)

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