Best New Orleans Saints Draft Choices From FBS Schools: Indiana
Who is the best player the New Orleans Saints ever drafted from the Indiana Hoosiers?
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, East Carolina, FAU, FIU, Hawaii, and South Alabama, in which the Saints have never drafted a player.
Yesterday, we looked at the best player the Saints ever drafted from Illinois.
Today, we spotlight the best player the Saints ever drafted from Indiana.
When it comes to selecting the best player the Saints ever drafted from Indiana, the choice is limited to running back Vaughn Dunbar (1992), and defensive back Tracy Porter (2008).
The pick is going to be Porter, a cornerback, who played 4 years for the Saints, from 2008-2011.
After finishing his college career at Indiana, Porter was selected by the Saints in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft.
After suffering a wrist injury that cut short his rookie season of 2008, Porter was a full-time starter for the Saints for the next three years, helping the team to the a Super Bowl XLIV win over the Indianapolis Colts in 2009.
Porter is responsible for one of the most memorable plays in franchise history in that Super Bowl. late in the 4th quarter, with the Colts in Saints’ territory, Porter jumped Colts receiver Reggie Wayne’s route and intercepted Peyton Manning’s pass, returning it 74 yards for a touchdown, sealing the first ever championship for the franchise.
A native of Port Allen, Louisiana, Porter left the Saints following the 2011 season to sign with the Denver Broncos.
After one year in Denver, Porter spent one year with the Oakland Raiders, and one year with the Washington Redskins, before signing with the Chicago Bears in June of 2015.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Porter intercepted seven passes in his 43 career games with the Saints.