Best New Orleans Saints Draft Choices From FBS Schools: North Carolina St.
Who is the best player the New Orleans Saints ever drafted from the North Carolina St. Wolfpack?
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, FAU, FIU, Hawaii, ULM, Miami (Ohio), Marshall, Middle Tennessee, Navy, Nevada, New Mexico, New Mexico St., and South Alabama, in which the Saints have never drafted a player.
Today, we spotlight the best player the Saints ever drafted from North Carolina St..
When it comes to selecting the best player the Saints ever drafted from North Carolina St., the choice is limited to linebacker Vaughan Johnson (1984 USFL Supplemental Draft), defensive tackle DeMarrio Pressley (2008), and defensive back Williams Strong (1995).
Okay, we're going to cheat here.
Yes, we're going to pick somebody that was drafted by the Saints, but not in the NFL Draft, but instead in the USFL Supplemental Draft.
So, the pick is going to be Vaughan Johnson, a linebacker who played 8 seasons for the Saints, from 1986-1993.
After playing his college football at North Carolina St., Johnson signed to play for the Jacksonville Bulls of the USFL.
The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Johnson played two years in the start-up league, before being selected in the first round of the 1984 NFL Supplemental Draft of USFL & CFL Players.
As a member of the “Dome Parol” linebacking corps, Johnson was a seven-year starter for the Saints, compiling 664 tackles, to go along with four interceptions, and 5 fumble recoveries.
A four-time Pro Bowler during his time with the Saints, Johnson was a fixture of one of the top defensive units in the league for almost an entire decade.
After signing with the Philadelphia Eagles prior to the 1994 season, Johnson played on season there before retiring.
In all, Johnson played 9 seasons in the NFL, recording 669 tackles, 12 sacks, 4 interceptions and 5 touchdowns, while named to the NFL All-Pro team three times, in 1989, 1990, 1991, and 1992.
Johnson was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.