103: Over the last 10 drafts, players along the defensive line have been selected six times with defensive ends being taken four times…After a senior season that saw him start all 13 games while setting career highs in tackles (45), tackles for loss (15.5) and sacks (4), Day totaled eight tackles (six solo) and one sack over 16 games played in his rookie season in Jacksonville…A two-time Big 12 champion, Petty has appeared in six games with four starts for the New York Jets, completing 75-of-133 pass attempts for 809 yards and three touchdowns with seven interceptions…A two-time pro bowler and 2015 second-team All-Pro, Freeman has appeared in 47 games while starting 29 in his three seasons in Atlanta, proving to be one of the more versatile players in the NFL. Accumulating 2,383 yards and 23 touchdowns on 557 rushing attempts and 1,265 yards and six touchdowns on 157 receptions, the former Florida State standout totaled 121 yards from scrimmage in Super Bowl LI against New England… A versatile player with an ability to rush the passer, Okafor was signed this offseason by New Orleans after spending his first four seasons with Arizona. In 42 regular season appearances with 25 starts, he's posted 100 tackles (53 solo), 13.5 sacks, one interception, five passes defensed, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and three special teams tackles…Over three seasons with Carolina, the Baton Rouge, Louisiana native Alexander appeared in 29 games with six starts and notched 38 tackles (20 solo), 3.5 sacks, six passes defensed and three fumble recoveries…Proving to be a dependable player in his six seasons in the NFL, Acho has started 45-of-82 games he has appeared in over his career, spending four seasons with Arizona and the last two with Chicago. He has posted 14 sacks, including seven in his 2011 rookie season, three interceptions and nine forced fumbles…After a productive career at Louisiana State in which he was a part of the 2007 BCS National Championship team, Riley Jr. has gone on to record 499 tackles (302 solo), 9.5 sacks, three interceptions, four forced fumbles and 28 passes defensed over seven NFL seasons, six with Washington and one with Oakland…A former standout at Clemson who started his final 38 games for the Tigers, Scott appeared in 34 games while making five starts for the St. Louis Rams from 2009-11…Signed by Miami in the 2017 offseason, Hayes has appeared in 124 games with 46 starts over his career, including starting 14-of-14 games played in 2016. Overall, in nine seasons with the Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams and Tennessee Titans, the High Point N.C. native has registered 34.5 sacks and has collected at least five sacks in four of his last five seasons…A member of the practice squad of the 2011 New York Giants that went on to win Super Bowl XLVI, Stanback, a former college quarterback who converted to tight end, caught six passes for 52 yards over 18 games played with two starts with Dallas, New England and Jacksonville.
2016: DT – Sheldon Day, Notre Dame to Jacksonville
2015: QB – Bryce Petty, Baylor to New York Jets
2014: RB – Devonta Freeman, Florida State to Atlanta
2013: DE – Alex Okafor, Texas to Arizona
2012: DE – Frank Alexander, Oklahoma to Carolina
2011: DE – Sam Acho, Texas to Arizona
2010: LB – Perry Riley, Louisiana State to Washington
2009: DT – Darell Scott, Clemson to St. Louis
2008: DE – William Hayes, Winston-Salem State to Tennessee
2007: QB – Isaiah Stanback, Washington to Dallas
Photos of new Saints defensive end Alex Okafor.