Best New Orleans Saints Draft Choices From FBS Schools: Louisiana Tech
Who is the best player the New Orleans Saints ever drafted from the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs?
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, ULM, and South Alabama, in which the Saints have never drafted a player.
Yesterday, we looked at the best player the Saints ever drafted from Louisiana.
Today, we spotlight the best player the Saints ever drafted from Louisiana Tech.
When it comes to selecting the best player the Saints ever drafted from Louisiana Tech, the choice is limited to only one player, offensive lineman Willie Roaf (1993).
Yeah, there's only one player to choose from here, but he's a pretty special player, so the pick is going to be Roaf, an offensive tackle, who played nine years for the team, from 1993-2001.
After playing his college football at Louisiana Tech, Roaf was selected by the Saints with the 8th-overall in the first round of the 1993 NFL Draft.
The pick turned out to be one of the best in franchise history.
A native of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Roaf became an immediate starter, starting 16 games at right tackle in 1993.
Roaf made the switch to left tackle and was named to the Pro Bowl, as he was for seven-consecutive seasons, and 11 of the next 12.
The 6-foot-5, 320-pound Roaf was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs prior to the 2002 season.
Roaf played four years for the Chiefs, before retiring following the 2005 season.
Roaf was named to the NFL All-Decade Team in both the 1990’s and 2000’s.
He was also named to the Louisiana Tech Hall of Fame in 2003, the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012, and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2014.
In 9 years with the Saints, Roaf appeared in 131 games, all of them as a starter.
In 13 NFL seasons, Roaf appeared in 189 games, all as a starter.