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Saints All-Time Draft Summary

Six Saints number one picks still with club

With the NFL Draft just over two weeks away, below are notes regarding New Orleans Saints draft history, first round pick history, positional draft records records and a listing of draft choices from regional colleges

ON THE ROSTER: Of the 76 players currently on the roster, 24 were draft picks of the club. There are seven former No. 1s, six by the Saints – CB Patrick Robinson (2010), S Malcolm Jenkins, DT Sedrick Ellis (2008), WR Robert Meachem (2007), RB Reggie Bush (2006), and DE Will Smith (2004)  – and one by another club: LB Jonathan Vilma (NYJ, 2004).

FIRST ROUND: The Saints have had 43 first-round picks. The position-by-position-breakdown:
• Defensive Ends: Eight (Will Smith, 2004; Charles Grant, 2002; Joe Johnson, 1994; Renaldo Turnbull, 1990; Wayne Martin, 1989; Shawn Knight, 1987; Joe Campbell, 1977; Kevin Hardy, 1968)
• Running Backs: Eight (Reggie Bush, 2006; Deuce McAllister, 2001; Ricky Williams, 1999, Vaughn Dunbar, 1992; Craig Heyward, 1988; George Rogers, 1981; Chuck Muncie, 1976; Leslie Kelley, 1967)
• Wide Receivers: Six (Robert Meachem, 2007; Donte' Stallworth, 2002; Lindsay Scott, 1982; Wes Chandler, 1978; Larry Burton, 1975; Ken Burrough, 1970)
• Guards: Four (Chris Naeole, 1997; Larry Schumacher, 1975; Royce Smith, 1972; John Shinners, 1969)
• Tackles: Five (Jammal Brown, 2005; Kyle Turley, 1998; William Roaf, 1993; Jim Dombrowski; 1986; Stan Brock, 1980)
• Linebackers: Three (Mark Fields, 1995; Alvin Toles, 1985, Rick Middleton, 1974)
• Quarterbacks: Two (Dave Wilson, 1982, supplemental pick from 1981; Archie Manning, 1971)
• Defensive tackle: Two (Sedrick Ellis, 2008; Johnathan Sullivan, 2003)
• Cornerback: Three (Patrick Robinson, 2010; Malcolm Jenkins, 2009; Alex Molden, 1996)
• Tight End: One (Irv Smith, 1993)
• Kicker/Punter: One (Russell Erxleben, 1979)

ALL-TIME: In 44 NFL Drafts, the Saints have picked 507 players from 161 colleges and universities.
By Position: 65 RB; 63 WR; 61 LB; 56 CB; 42 DE; 41 T; 39 G; 36 S;31 DT; 28 TE; 19 QB; 9 C; 8 FB; 6 P; and 4 k.
By School: 17: USC; 15: Nebraska, 11: Notre Dame, Ohio State; 11: Michigan, Tennessee; 9: Oklahoma, Florida State, LSU; 8: Georgia, Missouri & Tulane; 7: Florida, Mississippi & Wisconsin; 6: Alabama, Kansas, Oregon State, Pittsburgh, San Diego State, Washington State, West Virginia; 5: Arizona St., BYU, Colorado, Houston, Miami (Fla.), Minnesota, Mississippi St., North Carolina, North Carolina State, Purdue, Southern, Texas, Tulsa, Virginia, Wake Forest & Washington.

PLAYERS DRAFTED FROM AREA SCHOOLS
Louisiana State: Tommy Morel, 1969; Steve Rogers, 1975; Hokie Gajan, 1981; Eric Martin, 1985; Dalton Hilliard, 1986; Michael Mayes, 1989; Nicky Savoie, 1997; Devery Henderson, 2004; Al Woods, 2010.
Mississippi: Dan Sartin, 1968; Glenn Cannon, 1970; Archie Manning, 1971; Wimpy Winther, 1971; Paul Dongieux, 1972; Tutan Reyes, 2000; Deuce McAllister; 2001.
Mississippi State: Marcus Rhoden, 1967; Patrick Swoopes, 1986; Fred Hadley, 1989; James Williams 1990; Herman Carroll, 1994.
Southern: Richard Neal, 1969; Willie Davenport 1970; James Elder, 1971; Nathan Besaint, 1978; Vincent Fizer, 1988.
Tulane: Bart Graves, 1971; Steve Barrios, 1972; Rusty Lachaussee, 1972; Tommy Thibodeaux, 1974; Mike Truax, 1974; Charles Hall, 1975; Marvin Lewis, 1982; Treg Songy, 1985.

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