With the 244th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Saints selected linebacker Kaden Elliss from the University of Idaho.
From NFL.com, Kaden is the son of Luther Elliss, a first-round pick in 1995 for the Detroit Lions who played 10 years in the NFL. The older was the defensive line coach at Idaho for the past four years, seeing his son excel from Day 1. Kaden was the Utah High School Most Valuable Player in 2013 as a quarterback and defensive end after leading his high school to its first state title in 30 years. He grayshirted the 2014 season, and then finished second on the team with 83 tackles (eight for loss, one sack) in 2015. Ellis was an honorable mention All-Sun Belt pick in 2016 after intercepting five passes to lead all FBS linebackers (also 65 tackles, eight for loss). Sun Belt coaches named him second-team all-conference in 2017 (80 tackles, 16 for loss, six sacks, four pass breakups, two forced fumbles) and showed off his athleticism by lining up at wide receiver and tight end (7-156-22.3, two TD). Ellis was a first-team pick in 2018, leading his team with 16 tackles for loss and seven sacks (60 tackles, three pass break-ups). He played some offense, as well (3-20-6.7 receiving).