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Top 10 All-Time New Orleans Saints Draft Picks

Through the years the Saints have had plenty of great draft picks that have gone on to do great things for the franchise.

Then again, there’s been plenty of picks that have been wasted as well on players that never amounted to much in the NFL.

With the draft coming up this week, we thought it would be fun to take a turn at the “Top 10 All-Time Saints Draft Picks” – make sure you comment on our list and leave your picks as well!

10. Chuck Muncie 1976

The Saints running back was the 3rd overall pick, and he put up solid numbers until he left the team in 1984. In the 110 games with the Saints he rushed for 6702 and 71 scores, and pulled in another 263 passes for 2323 yards and 3 scores.

9. George Rogers 1981

Another running back comes in at the nine spot, that being 1st overall pick in 1981 George Rogers. The back didn’t put up Hall of Fame numbers in his career, but solid numbers rushing for 7176 career yards with 54 scores until he left in 1987.

8. Wes Chandler 1978

The stunning wide out was the third overall pick in 1978, and over the course of his 10 years he played in 150 games, pulling in 8966 yards worth of passes and 56 touchdowns. He was a game-breaker at the receiver spot.

7. Dave Waymer 1980

The Saints in the second round in 1980 selected Dave Waymer from Notre Dame, a ball hawking defensive back who put up 48 picks for the Saints until his retirement in 1992. Not bad for a second-round pick that many teams felt was too slow.

6. Alvin Kamara 2017

The current explosive Saints running back was the 67th pick in the draft in 2017, and has more than proved his worth in 3 seasons. He’s putting up still about five yards a carry, and in three seasons has found the end zone an amazing 37 times.

5. Marques Colston 2006

One of the best wide outs in the history of the team, Colston was the 252nd pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. He was a starter right away and never was out of the lineup. In his career he played in 146 games, putting up 711 catches for 9759 yards and 72 scores.

4. Rickey Jackson 1981

Taken in the third round and ending up in the Hall of Fame was quite a story for Jackson, who outplayed just about everyone in the 81 draft. He put up great numbers in his Saints career, piling up 8 picks and 128 sacks, truly a game changer at the linebacker spot.

3. Deuce McAllister 2001

The 23rd pick in the 2001 NFL Draft, Deuce McAllister was an excellent player in his eight seasons with the Saints. He ran for 6,096 yards and 49 touchdowns, pulling in 234 passes for 1720 yards and five scores for the Saints. In 2003 he ran for 1641 yards and eight scores.

2. Morton Anderson 1982

You can argue this pick, but no matter what you say Anderson was one of the best and maybe the best kicker in the history of the game. He made 302 of his 389 field goal attempts, and was 412-for-418 on extra points. Yes he went on to play for the Falcons, Chiefs, Vikings and Giants, but everyone remembers his time in New Orleans.

1. Archie Manning 1971

In 11 seasons with the Saints, Archie Manning threw for 3,176 yards and 23 touchdowns. The best part is he didn’t have a ton of folks around him to help him, and made a lot of plays on his own. Give Manning what Drew Brees has right now – it would be interesting.

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One Response to “Top 10 All-Time New Orleans Saints Draft Picks”

  1. Christian Leckert says:

    Some awesome saints on that list. I think this year was a pretty dang good draft. Got an awesome center, and linebacker. Hopefully they can help. Been looking at this draft intel site and they had a cool take on the draft. Really can’t wait until the 2020-2021 season. Should be a good one.

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