New Orleans Saints First Round Draft Choices: Wes Chandler (1978)
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 1977.
The 1978 draft was the 12th draft in the history of the Saints.
The pick: Wes Chandler, a receiver, out of Florida.
Chandler was taken in the first round, with the 3rd overall pick of the 1978 NFL Draft..
A native of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, Chandler was an exceptional player in the NFL.
A 6-foot, 196-pound receiver, Chandler caught 35 passes for 472 yards and 2 touchdowns as a rookie, before having a terrific sophomore campaign, in which he compiled 65 receptions for 1,069 yards and 6 scores, good enough for him to be selected a Pro Bowler.
In 1980, Chandler had another good season, accumulating 65 catches for 975 yards and 6 touchdowns, in his last full season in New Orleans.
Chandler played in 4 games for the Saints in 1981, before being traded to the San Diego Chargers, where he named to the Pro Bowl in three different seasons.
After seven seasons with the Chargers, Chandler appeared in the 1988 season with the San Francisco 49ers, with who he played on season, prior to retiring.
In 3-plus season with the Saints, Chandler caught 182 passes for 2,801 yards and 15 touchdowns.
In 13 NFL seasons, Chandler compiled 559 catches for 8,966 yards and 56 scores.
The Saints made a nice pick in the 12th round of the 1978 NFL Draft, selecting Jackson St. tight end Larry Hardy, who spent 8 years, mostly as a reserve, with the franchise.