Despite the fact that LSU has had the most NFL players on opening-day rosters over the last two seasons, not many of them have been drafted by their hometown franchise.
Curiously enough, the New Orleans Saints have only drafted one Tiger — DT Al Woods in 2010 — over the last 12 drafts dating back to 2005. Just to put that into perspective, 22 NFL teams have at least drafted multiple LSU players over that same span. A couple teams all the way out west, the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers, lead the way with five apiece.
Saints GM Mickey Loomis indicated there’s no rhyme or reason to the lack of Bayou Bengals being selected by the Saints, whose coaching staff and scouting department were present at LSU’s pro day.
“I promise you, we want to,” Loomis told reporters at LSU’s pro day on Wednesday. “There have been lots of guys at LSU that have been on our radar screen and are desired by the Saints, and it just hasn’t worked out as often as we’d like.”
There were 42 former LSU players, both drafted and undrafted, before the start of the 2016 season. That was six more than Florida State and USC, who were tied with 36. The previous season, LSU boasted 40 alums.
ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper recently released a two-round mock draft along with Todd McShay, and Kiper has the Saints taking CB Tre’Davious White with their No. 42 pick.