The Best New Orleans Saints Draft Choices From FBS Schools: California
Who is the best player the New Orleans Saints ever drafted from the California Bears?
From May 1 until the start of the 2016 NFL season on September 11, we’re going to list the best players that the Saints ever drafted from all 128 FBS schools, as of 2015.
Of course, there are a number of schools, including Air Force, Appalachian St., Arizona, Army, Baylor, Bowling Green, Buffalo, and South Alabama, in which the Saints have never drafted a player.
Yesterday, we looked at the best player the Saints ever drafted from BYU.
Today, we spotlight the best player the Saints ever drafted from California.
When it comes to selecting the best player the Saints ever drafted from California, the choice is between defensive backs Je'Rod Cherry (1996), linebacker Khairi Fortt (2014), defensive lineman Cameron Jordan (2011), and running back Chuck Muncie (1976).
This is an interesting pick.
Muncie is probably the most talented player the Saints ever drafted out of Cal, but he didn't play long enough for the franchise, before being traded to the San Diego Chargers.in 1980.
So our pick is going to be defensive lineman Cameron Jordan, who currently plays for the team.
A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Jordan, who was the 24th-overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft, has played five years for the Saints, from 2011-current.
The 6-foot-4, 287-pound Jordan played in all 16 games, including 15 as a starter, at defensive end as a rookie in 2011, while compiling 18 tackles, including one sack.
In 2012, Jordan once again played in all 16 games, all as a starter, generating 41 tackles, to go along with 8 sacks, and two fumble recoveries.
During 2013, a season in which he was named to the Pro Bowl for the first time, Jordan totaled 29 tackles, to go along with a career-high 12 sacks, and two fumble recoveries.
After a little bit of a drop off in2014, where he slipped to 31 tackles and 7.5 sacks, Jordan rebounded with another Pro Bowl year in 2015, compiling 32 tackles and 10 sacks.
In 5 seasons in the NFL, all with the Saints, Jordan has not missed a game, appearing in 80, while starting 79, accumulating 151 tackles, 39 sacks, and 8 fumble recoveries.