Best New Orleans Saints Draft Choices From FBS Schools: Duke
Who is the best player the New Orleans Saints ever drafted from the Duke Blue Devils?
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, Boise St., Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Florida, Central Michigan, East Carolina, and South Alabama, in which the Saints have never drafted a player.
Yesterday, we looked at the best player the Saints ever drafted from Connecticut.
Today, we spotlight the best player the Saints ever drafted from Duke.
When it comes to selecting the best player the Saints ever drafted from Duke, the choice is between only two players, defensive back Ernie Jackson (1972) and offensive lineman Chris Port (1990).
Small class here, but the Saints made the most of it, by taking two players who started for the team for multiple years.
The pick is going to be Jackson, a cornerback, who played 6 years for the Saints, from 1972-1977.
A native of Hopkins, South Carolina, Jackson was selected by the Saints in the 7th round of the 1972 NFL Draft.
The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Jackson played in 10 games as a rookie, with 5 starts, compiling 3 interceptions.
Jackson became a starter in 1973, and stayed one through the 1977 campaign, appearing in 61 games, including 60 as a starter, totaling 12 interceptions.
In 1978, Jackson moved on to play for the Atlanta Falcons, before playing with the Detroit Lions in 1979, the last season of hi NFL career.
In six seasons with the Saints, Jackson played in 71 games, including 52 as a starter, compiling 15 interceptions.
In eight seasons in the NFL, Jackson played in 89 games, with 52 starts, totaling 15 interceptions.