Great Players The Saints Could Have Drafted: Roger Wehrli
The 2016 NFL Draft gets underway on Thursday, April 28, in Chicago, Illinois.
Between now and then, we’ll be looking back at some of the past drafts by the Saints, and some of the better players they passed up on when it was their turn to pick.
Of course, every NFL team has had their “steals” and “busts” over the years, as the NFL Draft is such an inexact science, but it’s kind of fun, and at times, agonizing, to look back and see what players they could have, and maybe even should have drafted.
Today, we go back to the 1969 NFL Draft.
In the first round, with the 17th-overall pick, the Saints selected Xavier (Ohio) offensive lineman John Shinners.
That didn't turn out to be a very good pick for the Saints, as Shinners only spent three years with the team, all as a reserve.
Two picks later, with the 19th-overall pick, the St. Louis Cardinals took Missouri defensive back Roger Wehrli.
It was a great pick by the Cardinals, as Wehrli turned out to be one of the best defensive backs of the 1970’s.
A 7-time Pro Bowler, Wehrli was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007.
In 14 seasons, all with the Cardinals, Wehrli compiled 40 interceptions, including 2 for touchdowns.
As bad as some Saints defenses were in the 1970's, Wehrli would have been a welcomed addition at one of the two cornerback spots.