New Orleans Saints First Round Draft Choices: Les Kelly (1967)
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.
The very first draft for the Saints was the 1967 draft.
The pick: Les Kelley, a linebacker, out of Alabama.
Kelley became the first ever draft choice of the Saints, taken with the final pick of the first round.
The Saints originally had the #1 overall pick in that draft, but traded it to the Baltimore Colts for quarterback Gary Cuozzo, who only played one year with the franchise.
Who did the Colts select with the top pick that the Saints originally have? Hall of Famer Bubba Smith, a defensive end from Michigan St.
Kelley, who was a running back in college at Alabama, was drafted as a linebacker by the Saints.
The Decatur, Alabama native was a big disappointment in New Orleans, playing in 30 games, none as a starter, before moving on after only three years with the team, from 1967-1969.
He never played again in the NFL.
The Saints did hit on some draft choices in 1967, taking receiver John Gilliam and defensive tackle David Rowe in the second round, guard Del Williams in the third round, and receiver Danny Abramowicz in the 17th round.
Gilliam who returned the opening kickoff of the 1967 for a touchdown, played ten years in the NFL, despite only playing two years in New Orleans, while Rowe lasted 10 years, Williams 7, and Abramowicz, an All-Pro for the Saints in 1969, who played nine years in the NFL, including seven for the Saints.