List of New Orleans Saints first-round draft picks

Mark Ingram, Jr., one of the Saints' two first-round draft picks in 2011

The New Orleans Saints joined the National Football League (NFL) as an expansion team in 1967 and first participated in the 1967 NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting, more commonly known as the NFL Draft.[1] In the NFL Draft, each NFL franchise annually seeks to add new players to its roster. Teams are ranked in inverse order based on the previous season's record, with the worst record picking first, and the second-worst picking second and so on. The team which wins the Super Bowl receives the last pick in the subsequent Draft, with the penultimate pick going to the losing team. Teams have the option of trading away their picks to other teams for different picks, players, cash, or a combination thereof. Thus, it is not uncommon for a team's actual draft pick to differ from their assigned draft pick, or for a team to have extra or no draft picks in any round due to these trades.[2]

In the 1967 NFL Draft, the Saints had two first-round picks; first and last. They traded away the first overall pick to the Baltimore Colts,[3] while with the 26th pick, they selected Leslie Kelley, a running back from Alabama.[4] The Saints have selected first overall once, drafting George Rogers in 1981,[5] second overall twice, drafting Archie Manning in 1971 and Reggie Bush in 2006,[6] and third overall once, drafting Wes Chandler in 1978.[4] The team's most recent first-round selection was Louisville defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins.


Table key
^ Indicates the player was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
 *  Selected number one overall
Indicates the player was selected for the Pro Bowl at any time in their career.
The Saints did not draft a player in the first round that year.
Year Each year links to an article about that particular NFL Draft.
Pick Indicates the number of the pick within the first round
Position Indicates the position of the player in the NFL
College The player's college football team

Player selections

Reggie Bush, the Saints first-round draft pick in 2006
Deuce McAllister, a 2001 first-round pick
New Orleans Saints first-round draft picks
Year Pick Player name Position College Notes
1967 26 Kelley, LeslieLeslie Kelley Running back Alabama [lower-alpha 1]
1968 7 Hardy, KevinKevin Hardy Defensive end Notre Dame [lower-alpha 2]
1969 17 Shinners, JohnJohn Shinners Guard Xavier [lower-alpha 3]
1970 10 Burrough, KenKen Burrough Wide receiver Texas Southern
1971 2 Manning, ArchieArchie Manning Quarterback Mississippi
1972 8 Smith, RoyceRoyce Smith Guard Georgia
1973 No pick [lower-alpha 4]
1974 13 Middleton, RickRick Middleton Linebacker Ohio State [lower-alpha 5]
1975 7 Larry Burton Wide receiver Purdue
1975 12 Schumacher, KurtKurt Schumacher Offensive tackle Ohio State [lower-alpha 6]
1976 3 Muncie, ChuckChuck Muncie Running back California
1977 7 Campbell, JoeJoe Campbell Defensive end Maryland
1978 3 Chandler, WesWes Chandler Wide receiver Florida
1979 11 Erxleben, RussellRussell Erxleben Placekicker Texas
1980 12 Brock, StanStan Brock Offensive tackle Colorado
1981 1 Rogers, GeorgeGeorge Rogers *† Running back South Carolina
1982 13 Scott, LindsayLindsay Scott Wide receiver Georgia [lower-alpha 7]
1983 No pick [lower-alpha 8]
1984 No pick [lower-alpha 9]
1985 24 Toles, AlvinAlvin Toles Linebacker Tennessee [lower-alpha 10]
1986 6 Dombrowski, JimJim Dombrowski Offensive tackle Virginia [lower-alpha 11]
1987 11 Knight, ShawnShawn Knight Defensive tackle Brigham Young
1988 24 Heyward, CraigCraig Heyward Running back Pittsburgh
1989 19 Martin, WayneWayne Martin Defensive end Arkansas
1990 14 Turnbull, RenaldoRenaldo Turnbull Defensive end West Virginia
1991 No pick [lower-alpha 12]
1992 21 Dunbar, VaughnVaughn Dunbar Running back Indiana
1993 8 Roaf, WillieWillie Roaf ^ Offensive tackle Louisiana Tech [lower-alpha 13]
1993 20 Smith, IrvIrv Smith Tight end Notre Dame [lower-alpha 14]
1994 13 Johnson, JoeJoe Johnson Defensive end Louisville [lower-alpha 15]
1995 13 Fields, MarkMark Fields Linebacker Washington State
1996 11 Molden, AlexAlex Molden Defensive back Oregon
1997 10 Naeole, ChrisChris Naeole Guard Colorado [lower-alpha 16]
1998 7 Turley, KyleKyle Turley Offensive tackle San Diego State
1999 5 Williams, RickyRicky Williams Running back Texas [lower-alpha 17]
2000 No pick [lower-alpha 17]
2001 23 McAllister, DeuceDeuce McAllister Running back Mississippi
2002 13 Stallworth, DontéDonté Stallworth Wide receiver Tennessee
2002 25 Grant, CharlesCharles Grant Defensive end Georgia [lower-alpha 18]
2003 6 Sullivan, JohnathanJohnathan Sullivan Defensive tackle Georgia [lower-alpha 19]
2004 18 Smith, WillWill Smith Defensive end Ohio State
2005 13 Brown, JammalJammal Brown Offensive tackle Oklahoma [lower-alpha 20]
2006 2 Bush, ReggieReggie Bush Running back Southern California
2007 27 Meachem, RobertRobert Meachem Wide receiver Tennessee
2008 7 Ellis, SedrickSedrick Ellis Defensive tackle Southern California [lower-alpha 21]
2009 14 Jenkins, MalcolmMalcolm Jenkins Defensive back Ohio State
2010 32 Robinson, PatrickPatrick Robinson Cornerback Florida State
2011 24 Jordan, CameronCameron Jordan Defensive end California
2011 28 Ingram Jr., MarkMark Ingram Jr. Running back Alabama [lower-alpha 22]
2012 No pick [lower-alpha 22]
2013 15 Vaccaro, KennyKenny Vaccaro Strong safety Texas
2014 20 Cooks, BrandinBrandin Cooks Wide receiver Oregon State [lower-alpha 23]
2015 13 Peat, AndrusAndrus Peat Offensive tackle Stanford
2015 31 Anthony, StephoneStephone Anthony Linebacker Clemson [lower-alpha 24]
2016 12 Rankins, SheldonSheldon Rankins Defensive tackle Louisville


  1. The Saints traded their #1 overall pick to the Baltimore Colts for Gary Cuozzo. The #26 pick still remained in their possession.[3]
  2. The Saints traded their #5 overall pick to the Green Bay Packers and acquired this pick from the Minnesota Vikings.[7]
  3. The Saints traded their #7 overall pick to the San Francisco 49ers and acquired this pick from the Minnesota Vikings.[8]
  4. The Saints traded their #2 overall pick to the Baltimore Colts.[9]
  5. The Saints acquired this pick from the Detroit Lions.[10]
  6. The Saints acquired this pick from the New York Jets.[11]
  7. The Saints relinquished their 1st round pick after taking a supplemental pick in 1981. They acquired this pick from the Green Bay Packers.[12]
  8. The Saints traded their #11 overall pick to the Green Bay Packers.[13]
  9. The Saints traded their #15 overall pick to the New York Jets.[14]
  10. The Saints traded their #11 overall pick to the Houston Oilers and acquired the #24 overall pick from the Washington Redskins.[15]
  11. The Saints traded their #4 overall pick to the Baltimore Colts for this pick.[16]
  12. The Saints traded their #14 overall pick to the Dallas Cowboys.[17]
  13. The Saints acquired this pick from the Detroit Lions.[18]
  14. The Saints acquired this pick from the San Francisco 49ers.[18]
  15. The Saints acquired this pick from the New York Jets.[19]
  16. The Saints acquired this pick from the Oakland Raiders.[20]
  17. 1 2 The Saints traded their #12 overall pick to the Washington Redskins as well as their 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th round picks, and their 1st and 3rd round picks in 2000 for a 1st round pick in 1999.[21]
  18. The Saints acquired this pick from the Miami Dolphins as well as a 4th round pick and a 1st round pick (#18) in 2003, for Ricky Williams and a 3rd round pick.[22]
  19. The Saints acquired this pick from the Arizona Cardinals along with a 2nd and 4th round picks, for their #17 and #18 overall picks and a 2nd round pick.[23]
  20. The Saints traded their #16 overall pick to the Houston Texans as well as a 3rd round pick in 2006 for this pick.[24]
  21. The Saints traded their #10 overall pick to the New England Patriots as well as a 3rd round pick for this pick and a 5th round pick.[25]
  22. 1 2 The Saints acquired a 1st round pick in 2011 from the New England Patriots for a 2nd round pick and a 1st round pick in 2012.[26]
  23. The Saints acquired this pick from the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for their first and third round picks (27th & 91st).[27]
  24. The Saints acquired this pick and center Max Unger from the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for their fourth round selection (112th) and tight end Jimmy Graham.[28]


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