Best New Orleans Saints Draft Choices From FBS Schools: Texas Tech
Who is the best player the New Orleans Saints ever drafted from the Texas Tech Red Raiders?
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, Rice, Rutgers, San Jose St., South Alabama, South Florida, Southern Miss, TCU, Temple, and Texas St., in which the Saints have never drafted a player.
Earlier, we looked at the best player that the Saints ever drafted out of Texas A&M.
Today, we spotlight the best player the Saints ever drafted from Texas Tech.
When it comes to deciding who the best player from Texas Tech ever drafted by the Saints is, the choice is limited to defensive back Eric Felton (1978) and receiver Derrell Mitchell (1994).
The choice is going to be Felton, a defensive back, who played two seasons for the Saints, from 1978-1979. including two starts at cornerback, intercepting one pass.
No, Felton is a household name, an he was far from a great player, but there's only two to choose from, and he's the best of the small bunch.
Selected by the Saints in the 5th round of the 1978 NFL Draft, Felton appeared in all 16 games as a rookie in 1978, including two starts at cornerback, intercepting one pass.
A native of Austin, Texas, Felton became the primary starter at right cornerback in 1979, starting 10 of the 13 games he appeared in, while intercepting 4 passes.
The 6-foot, 200-pound Felton moved on to the New York Giants in 1980, playing in three games, prior to his career coming to an end.
In two seasons with the Saints, Felton appeared in 29 games, including 12 as a starter, while accumulating 5 interceptions.
In three seasons in the NFL, Felton appeared in 35 games, including 15 as a starter, while intercepting five passes.