Best New Orleans Saints Draft Choices From FBS Schools: Michigan
Who is the best player the New Orleans Saints ever drafted from the Michigan Wolverines?
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, Miami (Ohio), Marshall, and South Alabama, in which the Saints have never drafted a player.
Yesterday, we looked at the best player the Saints ever drafted from Miami (Florida).
Today, we spotlight the best player the Saints ever drafted from Michigan.
When it comes to selecting the best player the Saints ever drafted from Michigan, the choice is limited to receiver Adrian Arrington (2008), quarterback Larry Cipa (1974), linebacker Don Coleman (1974), receiver Mercury Hayes (1996), running back Harlan Huckleby (1979), defensive back Mike Jolly (1980), and tight end Paul Seal (1974).
Surprisingly, nobody that the Saints have ever drafted from Michigan has ever been a standout for the team.
That being said, we have to take somebody, so the pick is going to be Seal, a tight end, who played for the Saints for three years, from 1974-1976.
A native of Detroit, Michigan, Seal was selected by the Saints in the 2nd round of the 1974 NFL Draft.
The 6-foot-4, 222-pound Seal played in all 14 games as a rookie, all as a reserve, compiling 32 receptions for 466 yards and 3 touchdowns.
The 1975 season saw Seal become the fulltime starter, playing in 14 games, all as a starter, totaling 28 catches for 414 yards and one touchdown.
In 1976, his final year with the Saints, Seal played in 14 games, including 3 as a starter, accumulating 9 catches for 72 yards.
After leaving the Saints following the 1976 campaign, Seal played the seasons for the San Francisco 49ers, where he caught 37 passes for 634 yards and 3 touchdowns.
In 3 seasons with the Saints, Seal played in 42 games, including 17 as a starter, totaling 69 receptions for 952 yards and 4 touchdowns.
In 6 seasons in the NFL, Seal appeared in 85 games, including 26 as a starter, compiling 106 catches for 1,586 yards and 7 touchdowns.