Best New Orleans Saints Draft Choices From FBS Schools: Kansas
Who is the best player the New Orleans Saints ever drafted from the Kansas Jayhawks?
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 St.
Today, we spotlight the best player the Saints ever drafted from the University of Kansas.
When it comes to selecting the best player the Saints ever drafted from Kansas, the choice is limited to offensive lineman George Harvey (1967), linebacker Mike Lemon (1975), fullback Moran Norris (2001), and defensive end Ron Werner (1998).
The pick is interesting, as Norris had the best career, playing 11 seasons in the NFL, but only 5 games for the Saints.
On the other hand, nobody else, with the exception of Harvey, who played in 6 career games with the Saints, played as many games as Norris did.
Therefore, the pick is going to be Norris, a fullback, who played 5 games for the Saints, in 2001.
A native of Houston, Texas, Norris was selected by the Saints in the 4th round of the 2001 NFL Draft.
The 6-foot-1, 250-pound Norris played in all 5 games as a rookie, without a carry.
Norris moved on to the Houston Texans in 2002, where he played for the 4 seasons, establishing himself as a top-flight fullback.
After his 4-year stint with the Texans, Norris played with the San Francisco 49ers for two years, the Detroit Lions for a season, and then again for the 49ers for three years, prior to retiring following the 2011 season.
In 11 seasons in the NFL, Norris played in 140 games, including 58 as a starter, accumulating 67 rushing yards and 198 receiving yards.