Best New Orleans Saints Draft Choices From FBS Schools: Penn St.
Who is the best player the New Orleans Saints ever drafted from the Penn St. Nittany Lions?
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., Ohio, and South Alabama, in which the Saints have never drafted a player.
Yesterday, we looked at the best player that the Saints ever drafted out of Oregon St..
Today, we spotlight the best player the Saints ever drafted from Penn St.
When it comes to selecting the best player the Saints ever drafted from Penn St., the choice is limited to tight end John Gilmore (2002), offensive tackle Phil LaPorta (1974), defensive lineman Dave Rowe (1967).
The pick is going to be Rowe, an offensive lineman, who played 4 years for the Saints, from 1967-1970.
A native of Neptune, New Jersey, Rowe was selected by the Saints in the second round of the 1967 NFL Draft.
The 6-foot-7, 270-pound Rowe played in all 14 games for the Saints in his all four of his years with the team, 1967-1970, including 28 as a starter, before spending eight more seasons in the NFL, with the likes of the New England Patriots (1971-1973), San Diego Chargers (1974-1975), Oakland Raiders (1975-1978), and the Baltimore Colts (1978).
In 4 seasons with the Saints, Rowe played in 56 games, including 28 as a starter.
In 12 NFL seasons, Rowe played in 165 games, including 116 as a starter.