New Orleans Saints First Round Draft Choices: Vaughn Dunbar (1992)
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 Saints, from 1967-2015.
Yesterday, we looked back at 1991.
The 1992 draft was the 26th draft in the history of the Saints.
The pick: Vaughn Dunbar, a running back from Indiana.
A native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Dunbar, who was the 21st-overall pick of the 1992 NFL Draft, had a disappointing, injury-plagued stint in the NFL.
The 5-foot-10, 204-pound Dunbar played in all 16 games, including 8 as a starter in his rookie season, rushing for 565 yards and 3 touchdowns.
In 1993, in a preseason game, Dunbar suffered a major knee injury, causing him to miss the entire season.
Dunbar returned to the Saints in 1994, but played in only 8 games, carrying the ball only 3 times for 9 yards.
In 1995, his last season in the NFL, Dunbar played one game for the Saints, and 14 for the Jacksonville Jaguars, totaling 361 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns, prior to retiring.
In 3 seasons with the Saints, Dunbar played in 25 games, including 8 as a starter, compiling 574 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns.
In 3 total NFL seasons, Dunbar appeared in 39 games, including 14 as a starter, accumulating 935 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns.
Dunbar made a one-year return to professional football in 2001, playing for the San Francisco Demons in the now defunct XFL.
Other draft choices of note for the Saints in 1992 included Nebraska defensive back Tyronne Legette in the second round, Minnesota defensive back Sean Lumpkin in the fourth round, and Alcorn St. receiver Torrance Small in the fifth round.