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New Orleans Saints notes from Day 3 of the NFL draft

Saints drafted four players Saturday

A look back at photos of the Saints Super Boil draft party at the New Orleans Saints facility in Metairie on Saturday, May 2, 2015. Photos by Annie Hills. New Orleans Saints photos.

New Orleans made four picks oSaturday, May 2; with the 148th overall pick in the fifth round, the Saints chose outside linebacker Davis Tull out of Chattanooga, with the 154th overall choice, they picked Fresno State nose tackle Tyeler Davison, after acquiring the 167th overall pick in the fifth round from the Washington Redskins they picked cornerback Damian Swann out of the University of Georgia and with their final pick, 230th overall in the seventh round, they picked running back Marcus Murphy out of Missouri.

·         The nine-player draft class by New Orleans was the largest by the club since picking nine players in 2002.

·         Two players apiece were taken from the Pac 12 Conference, the ACC, the Mountain West Conference, the Southeastern Conference and one from the FCS Southern Conference.

·         Tull is the first player picked by the Saints out Chattanooga and the third linebacker picked in the draft. The last time New Orleans picked three linebackers in a draft was in 1990, when in a 12-round draft they picked DeMond Winston out of Vanderbilt, James Williams out of Mississippi State and Lonnie Brockman out of West Virginia.

·         The native of Knoxville, Tenn., was a two-time FCS first-team *Associated Press *All-American and three-time Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year, recording 37 career sacks.

·         As a senior in 2014, Tull, posted 58 tackles 18 stops for loss and a conference-best 10.5 sacks.

·         Davison is only the second player ever taken by the Saints from Fresno State, joining fullback Lorenzo Neal, who was picked in the fourth round of the 1993 NFL Draft.

·         The 6-foot-2, 309-pound Davison had career totals of 161 tackles, 28.5 stops for loss, 14.5 sacks, three passes defensed, three forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and two blocked kicks.

·         As a senior in 2014, Davison was named first-team All-Mountain West as he racked up single-season career-highs in tackles (61), stops for loss (13) and sacks (8.5), while playing the nose guard position.

·         New Orleans moved up into the 167th slot in the draft to pick the 5-11, 180-pound Swann. An Atlanta native, Swann was a three-year starter for the Bulldogs and recorded career totals of 180 tackles (115 solo), four sacks, eight interceptions, 21 passes defensed, six forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

·         As a senior in 2014, Swann started all 12 games he played in and recorded a career-high 65 tackles and four forced fumbles and tied career-bests with four interceptions and two sacks as he was an *Associated Press *second-team All-SEC selection.

·         Swann is the 10th former Georgia player selected by New Orleans. He is currently the fifth former Bulldog on the Saints' roster, joining tight end Benjamin Watson, tight end Orson Charles, linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and nose tackle John Jenkins, who he played with from 2011-12.

·         Murphy was one of the nation's most potent all-purpose backs. The first player selected from Missouri by the Saints since guard Brad Edelman in 1982, he played in 52 career games for the Tigers and carried 337 times for 1,957 yards (5.8 avg.) with 16 touchdowns, made 50 receptions for 318 yards and two touchdowns and also posted seven career kickoff and punt returns.

·         In 2014 as a senior, Murphy was voted the SEC Special Teams Player of the Year as voted by the league's coaches and was first-team All-SEC as an all-purpose player and kick returner. He led the SEC with 1,921 all-purpose yards and was the only player in FBS to score via kick return, punt return, rushing and receiving. The DeSoto, Texas native finished the season with 924 rushing yards, 212 receiving yards, 281 punt return yards and 504 kick return yards, adding four rushing TDs, one receiving, one on a punt return and two on kick returns.

·         In a game at Florida on Oct. 18, he became the first player in Mizzou history to rush, return a kickoff (96 yards) and return a punt (82 yards) for a touchdown in a single-game, totaling a career-best 224 all-purpose yards and earning SEC Special Teams Player of the week. In a 21-20 win at South Carolina, he had a career-high 98 rushing yards as part of a 188-yard all-purpose game (46 PR, 32 KR, 12 rec.).

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