Who is the best player the New Orleans Saints ever drafted from the Northwestern Wildcats?

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, Middle Tennessee, Navy, Nevada, New Mexico, New Mexico St., Northern Illinois, and South Alabama, in which the Saints have never drafted a player.

Yesterday, we looked at the best player the Saints ever drafted from North Texas.

Today, we spotlight the best player the Saints ever drafted from Northwestern.

When it comes to selecting the best player the Saints ever drafted from Northwestern, the choice is limited to running back Greg Boykin (1977) and offensive lineman Zach Strief (2006).

The pick, amongst a very small group, is going to be Strief, an offensive tackle, who has played ten years for the Saints, from 2006-present.

After finishing his college career at Northwestern, Strief was selected by the Saints in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL Draft.

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Strief played in all 9 games as a rookie, including one start.

The 6-foot-7, 349-pound Strief played in all 16 games in each of the next three seasons, 2007-2009, starting a game each year, before playing in 14 games in 2010, with 2 starts.

2011 saw Strief become the fulltime starter at right tackle, a position h has held for the last 5 years.

During that time, Strief has appeared, and started in, 69 games.

An offensive team captain since 2012, Strief has appeared in 140 games for the Saints over the last 10 seasons, including 76 as a starter.