Deke: What were the best Saints Draft picks of all time?
by Deke Bellavia,posted May 6 2014 3:11PM
I’ll make this short and sweet. All I did was jot down a few notes on what are think are three of the best draft picks in Saints history; I took the value approach here, meaning these guys I have listed are late round picks that went on to have and are having great careers in Black and Gold. So here we go!
Danny Abramowicz, WR out of Xavier – In the 17th round of the 1967 Draft, the New Orleans Saints took this longshot WR with the 420th overall pick in the draft. Danny became the Saints go-to guy on offense as he put up numbers that made him respected across the league. During the 1968, 1969, and 1970 seasons Abramowciz ranked in the Top 10 in the NFL in both receptions and receiving yards. Before Joe Horn and Marques Colston came along, Danny held the record for just about every major WR stat.
Jim Wilks, DE out of San Diego State – Wilks was taken by the Saints in the 1981 Draft. "Big Jim" was the first pick of the 12th and final round in '81. There were only 320 players drafted in 1981 and Wilks was the 305th overall selection. Wilks played for 13 seasons with the Saints, and in the process he became one of the most important players in Saints history. “We could not have done some of the things we did without guys like Jim Wilks. He was a real key to our success defensively,” said Hall of Fame LB Rickey Jackson.
Marques Colston, WR out of Hofstra – Hell, Hofstra does not even have a football program anymore. Only three players were taken after Colston heard his name called in 2006! This little-known WR was the 252nd overall pick in the seventh and final round of the '06 draft. Only 255 players were drafted that year!
Each year, when talks of greatest steals in draft history are discussed, Colston’s name pops up on everyone’s list. In eight seasons, Colston has taken every major receiving stat and surpassed it. Colston and Drew Brees will go down as one of the most successful QB/WR duos in football history.
After starting out slow in training camp in 2006, Colston caught fire as camp progressed and became an impact player for the Saints early in the 2006 season and he has continued his solid, consistent and productive play for eight seasons. Arguably the best pick in Saints history any way you look at it!