New Orleans Saints Draft Choices: Joe Campbell (1977)
The first round of the 2016 NFL Draft will be held on Thursday, April 28, in Chicago, Illinois.
Between now and then, we’ll be looking back at all of the drafts of the New Orleans, from 1967-2015.
Yesterday, we looked back at 1976.
The 1977 draft was the 11th draft in the history of the Saints.
The pick: Joe Campbell, a defensive end, out of Maryland.
Campbell was taken in the first round, with the 7th overall pick of the 1977 NFL Draft..
A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Campbell didn’t turn out to be a good pick for the Saints.
A 6-foot-6, 254-pound defensive end, Campbell was a reserve in his rookie season, starting 6 of a possible 14 games, before going on to start fulltime in 1978, prior to returning to reserve status in 1979.
Campbell played 5 games for the Saints in 1980, before joining the Oakland Raiders, where he finished the season.
In his final season in the NFL, 1981, Campbell spent time with the Raiders and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before retiring at the age of 26.
Maybe the best selection by the Saints in 1977 came in the 5th round, when they took Purdue offensive lineman Dave Lafary.
A solid, if unspectacular player, Lafary spent 9 years with the franchise, playing in 109 games.