In the 2010 NFL Draft, which will begin Thursday at 6:30 p.m. (CT), the New Orleans Saints will hold six picks. New Orleans holds its own selections in the first round (32nd overall) ,second round (64th overall), the third round (95th overall), fourth round (130th overall), sixth round (201st overall) and seventh round (239th overall), working with the final non-compensatory choices in each of these rounds as a result of being Super Bowl XLIV champions. The Saints dealt their 2010 fifth (163rd overall) and 2009 seventh (151st overall) round choices to the Philadelphia Eagles for their 2009 fifth rounder (164th overall), which they used to pick P Thomas Morstead.
Going back over the past decade, below is a look at the players who have been selected in the positions currently held by the Saints in the 2010 NFL Draft.
32: Over the last ten drafts, defensive ends have been selected most frequently (three times), followed by quarterbacks (two) and wide receivers (two)...Brees and Mankins have gone on to earn multiple Pro Bowl selections...Brees has been the most productive player of the group. The first pick of the second round in 2001 by San Diego, he's been selected to four Pro Bowls, three as a Saint and has completed 2,697-of-4,164 passes for 30,646 yards, 202 touchdown throws and a 91.9 passer rating. In 2009, he completed 363-of-514 throws for an NFL record 70.6 completion percentage for 4,488 yards with 34 touchdown passes, 11 interceptions and a 106.9 passer rating as he led New Orleans to the Super Bowl XLIV championship and was named the game's Most Valuable Player...Northcutt has enjoyed a productive NFL career with 399 receptions for 4,941 yards with 18 touchdowns and three kickoff returns for scores...Brayton has started 78 of 110 games and is coming off a season with a career-high five sacks...Ramsey, a Tulane product and Ruston, Louisiana native has served as both a backup and starter...Watson has recorded 167 receptions for 2,102 yards with 20 touchdown grabs...Mankins has started 80 consecutive contests for New England and has been selected to a pair of Pro Bowls...Kiwanuka has 19.5 sacks in a career where he has played at both defensive end and linebacker...Gonzalez has served as a productive third wideout in the Colts high-flying offense...All of the last ten players selected with the 14th pick overall are still playing in the NFL.
2009: DT Ziggy Hood, Missouri to Pittsburgh Steelers
2008: DE Phillip Merling, Clemson to Miami Dolphins
2007: WR Anthony Gonzalez, Ohio State to Indianapolis
2006: DE Mathias Kiwanuka, BC to New York Giants
2005: G Logan Mankins, Fresno State to New England
2004: TE Benjamin Watson, Georgia to New England
2003: DE Tyler Brayton, Colorado to Oakland Raiders
2002: QB Patrick Ramsey, Tulane to Washington Redskins
2001: QB Drew Brees, Purdue to San Diego Chargers
2000: WR Dennis Northcutt, Arizona to Cleveland
64: Over the last ten drafts, defensive ends, cornerbacks and safeties have each been selected twice apiece from this spot...Two players chosen from the 64th slot have gone on to be Pro Bowl selections...Smith has been Detroit's leading rusher the past two seasons...Piscitelli is coming off his first campaign as Tampa Bay's starting strong safety ...Jackson has started 19 of the 33 games he's appeared in for Minnesota, helping guide the Vikings to the 2008 NFC North title...Terry has been a part-time starter in his five-year NFL career for Baltimore...Dockett has become a dominant force in the middle for Arizona, leading NFL defensive tackles with seven sacks in 2009, earning his first Pro Bowl berth..White has recorded 27 sacks as a pass rush specialist, playing for both Tampa Bay and Detroit...Fisher has started 74-of-90 games at cornerback...Wilson is a three-time Pro Bowl selection who is one of only ten NFL players all-time with at least 20 interceptions and 20 sacks, coming off a season where he had a career-high five picks. Nine of the last ten players selected with the 64th pick overall are still playing in the NFL.
2009: TE Richard Quinn, North Carolina to Denver
2008: RB Kevin Smith, UCF to Detroit Lions
2007: S Sabby Piscitelli, Oregon State to Tampa Bay Bucs
2006: QB Tavaris Jackson, Alabama State to Minnesota
2005: T Adam Terry, Syracuse to Baltimore Ravens
2004: DE Darnell Dockett, Florida St. to Arizona Cardinals
2003: DE DeWayne White, Louisville to Tampa Bay Bucs
2002: CB Travis Fisher, Central Florida to St. Louis Rams
2001: S Adrian Wilson, North Carolina St. to Arizona
2000: CB Lloyd Harrison, North Carolina St. to Wash.
95: Over the last ten drafts, wide receivers have been selected most frequently (four times), followed by cornerbacks (two) and safeties (two)...Sanders was a part-time starter in his eight-year NFL career...Jennings opened up 75 games at tackle for the Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers...Crouch, the 2001 Heisman Trophy winner as a quarterback for Nebraska, was drafted as a wideout by the Rams, but never appeared in a game...Scott earned a Super Bowl ring his rookie season while on injured reserve with New England...Manningham enjoyed a breakout sophomore campaign in 2009 in New York, making 57 catches for 822 yards and five touchdowns...Three of the last ten players selected with the 95th pick overall are still playing in the NFL.
2009: S Rashad Johnson, Alabama to Arizona Cardinals
2008: WR Mario Manningham, Michigan to N.Y. Giants
2007: CB Dante Hughes, California to Indianapolis Colts
2006: WR Willie Reid, Florida State to Pittsburgh Steelers
2005: LB Darryl Blackstock, Virginia to Arizona Cardinals
2004: S Guss Scott, Florida to New England Patriots
2003: WR Billy McMullen, Virginia to Philadelphia Eagles
2002: WR Eric Crouch, Nebraska to St. Louis Rams
2001: T Jonas Jennings, Georgia to Buffalo Bills
2000: CB Lewis Sanders, Maryland to Cleveland Browns
130: No school in the past ten years has produced more than one player picked with the 130th pick overall...Two linebackers, guards and tackles have been selected in this slot...McRath, a former University of Southern Mississippi standout, started five contests as a rookie and recorded 38 tackles and an interception...Beekman has started 20 of 28 games at left guard for Chicago...Hixon has served as the Giants' return man for the past three seasons and as a part-time wideout, scoring a pair of touchdowns on kickoff and punt returns...Sproles has emerged along as one of the NFL's top triple threats in the rushing, receiving and return game, carrying 199 times for 887 yards and three touchdowns, catching 87 passes for 880 yards and nine scores and returning four kickoffs and punts for touchdowns...Chillar has recorded 365 tackles in his six-year NFL career...Six of the last ten players selected with the 116th choice overall are still playing.
2009: LB Gerald McRath, Southern Miss to Tennessee
2008: T Tony Hills, Texas to Pittsburgh Steelers
2007: G Josh Beekman, Boston College to Chicago
2006: WR Domenik Hixon, Akron to Denver Broncos
2005: RB Darren Sproles, Kansas State to San Diego
2004: LB Brandon Chillar, UCLA to St. Louis Rams
2003: T Lance Nimmo, West Virginia to Tampa Bay
2002: G Travis Scott, Arizona State to St. Louis Rams
2001: DT Shawn Worthen, Texas Christian to Minnesota
2000: CB Anthony Malborough, Texas Tech to Cleveland
201: The 201st pick has churned out several key contributors over the last decade...Purdue has produced three players that have been drafted at this spot over the last ten years...Three quarterbacks (Kingsbury, Smoker and Painter) and have been selected...Painter, who challenged or broke several of Brees' records at Purdue served as starter Peyton Manning's backup in Indianapolis for the final month of 2009 and in the postseason...Justice started one game at center for Indianapolis in 2008...Barksdale has spent time on both the Giants and Jets practice squads...Philip spent the end of the 2008 season on the Saints practice squad...Smoker spent two seasons as a backup with the Rams...Kingsbury spent part of the 2004 season on the Saints practice squad...Gorin has two Super Bowl rings and was New England's starting right tackle on their 2004 championship squad ...Nugent earned a Super Bowl ring with New England in 2001...Four of the ten players listed below are still in the NFL.
2009: QB Curtis Painter, Purdue to Indianapolis Colts
2008: C Steve Justice, Wake Forest to Indianapolis Colts
2007: CB Rashad Barksdale, Albany to Philadelphia
2006: C Marvin Philip, California to Pittsburgh Steelers
2005: RB DeAndra Cobb, Michigan State to Atlanta
2004: QB Jeff Smoker, Michigan State to St. Louis Rams
2003: QB Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech to New England
2002: TE Mark Anelli, Wisconsin to San Francisco 49ers
2001: T Brandon Gorin, Purdue to San Diego Chargers
2000: DT David Nugent, Purdue to New England Patriots
239: The 239th pick has featured two guards and two punters...Durand spent 2009 on the Titans practice squad ...Merritt spent the 2008 season with Kansas City...Ah You has spent time on the Bills and Rams practice squads before making his NFL debut in St. Louis' season finale...Plackemeier punted for both Seattle and Washington from 2006-08...Ernster handled punting duties for Denver, Cleveland and Pittsburgh from 205-08...Amano has appeared in 95 games with 39 starts for Tennessee, opening 31 games the last two seasons at left guard...Banta-Cain has two Super Bowl rings with New England and enjoyed his most productive season in 2009 when he recorded ten sacks for the Patriot ...Heitmann has appeared in 119 games with 114 starts for the 49ers in his eight-year career ...Turner earned a Super Bowl ring as a rookie with the Patriots in 2001...Pass was a member of three Super Bowl champion teams in New England in 2001, 2003 and 2004 and was a versatile threat both running the ball and in the passing game...Five of these players are still active in the NFL.
2009: G Ryan Durand, Syracuse to Tennessee Titans
2008: TE Michael Merritt, UCF to Kansas City Chiefs
2007: DE C.J Ah You, Oklahoma to Buffalo Bills
2006: P Ryan Plackemeier, Wake Forest to Seattle
2005: P Paul Ernster, Northern Arizona to Denver Broncos
2004: C Eugene Amano, Southeast Miss. St. to Tennessee
2003: DE Tully Banta-Cain, California to New England
2002: G Eric Heitmann, Stanford to San Francisco 49ers
2001: LB T.J. Turner, Michigan St. to New England Patriots
2000: RB Patrick Pass, Georgia to New England Patriots