Best New Orleans Saints Draft Choices From FBS Schools: Iowa St.
Who is the best player the New Orleans Saints ever drafted from the Iowa St. Cyclones?
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 Iowa.
Today, we spotlight the best player the Saints ever drafted from Iowa St.
When it comes to selecting the best player the Saints ever drafted from Iowa St., the choice is limited to running back Troy Davis (1997) and running back Mike Strachan (1975).
The pick is going to be Strachan, a running back, who played 6 years for the Saints, from 1975-1980.
A native of Miami, Florida, Strachan was selected by the Saints in the 9th round of the 1975 NFL Draft.
The 6-foot, 200-pound Strachan played in all 11 games as a rookie, all as a starter, rushing for 668 yards and 2 touchdowns, while also catching 30 passes for 24 yards.
After the Saints drafted Chuck Muncie in the 1976 NFL Draft, Strachan became a valuable reserve, playing in 51 games over the next 5 seasons, with 14 starts, rushing for 1,234 yards and 12 touchdowns, while catching 27 passes out of the backfield for 168 yards.
Prior to retiring following the 1980 campaign, Strachan was also a valuable special teams player.
In 6 seasons in the NFL, all with the Saints, Strachan played in 62 games, including 25 as a starter, accumulating 1,902 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns, along with 392 receiving yards.