Best New Orleans Saints Draft Choices From FBS Schools: Colorado St.
Who is the best player the New Orleans Saints ever drafted from the Colorado St. Rams?
From May 1 until the start of the 2016 NFL season on September 11, we’re going to list the best players that the Saints ever drafted from all 128 FBS schools, as of 2015.
Of course, there are a number of schools, including Air Force, Appalachian St., Arizona, Army, Baylor, Boise St., Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Florida, Central Michigan, and South Alabama, in which the Saints have never drafted a player.
Yesterday, we looked at the best player the Saints ever drafted from Colorado.
Today, we spotlight the best player the Saints ever drafted from Colorado St.
When it comes to selecting the best player the Saints ever drafted from Colorado St., the choice is limited to only two players, defensive end Brady Smith (1996), and quarterback Garrett Grayson (2015).
The pick, maybe in 10 years, could be Grayson, but seeing hasn't taken a snap from center yet, right now it has to be Smith, a defensive end, who played 4 years for the Saints, from 1996-1999.
A native of Royal Oak, Michigan, Smith was selected by the Saints in the 3rd round of the 1996 NFL Draft.
The 6-foot-5, 275-pound Smith played in all 16 games as a rookie, including 4 as a starter, compiling 15 tackles, including 2 sacks.
Smith continued to fill mostly a reserve role in the 1997 & 1998 seasons, appearing in 30 games, including 7 starts, totaling 32 tackles and 5 sacks.
In his last season with the Saints, 1999, Smith became a full-time starter, and accumulated 26 tackles and 6 sacks.
Smith left the Saints and signed wit the Atlanta Falcons, in time for the 2000 campaign.
In his six seasons with the Falcons, Smith played in 81 games, including 78 as a starter, while making 136 tackles, including 32 sacks.
In four seasons with the Saints, Smith played in 62 games, including 27 starts, compiling 73 tackles and 13 sacks.
In 10 seasons in the NFL, Smith played in 143 games, including 105 as a starter, totaling 209 tackles and 5 sacks.