Best New Orleans Saints Draft Choices From FBS Schools: Syracuse
Who is the best player the New Orleans Saints ever drafted from the Syracuse Orange?
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., Ohio, Rice, Rutgers, San Jose St., South Alabama, South Florida, and Southern Miss, in which the Saints have never drafted a player.
Earlier, we looked at the best player that the Saints ever drafted out of Stanford.
Today, we spotlight the best player the Saints ever drafted from Syracuse.
When it comes to selecting the best player the Saints ever drafted from Syracuse, the choice is limited to defensive back Tommy Myers (1972), and offensive lineman Andrew Tiller (2012).
The pick is going to be Myers, a defensive back, who played for the Saints for 10 years, from 1972-1981.
The Saints chose Myers with the 74th pick of the 3rd round in the 1972 NFL Draft. He quickly became a fixture for the defense, going on to play in 136 games, while starting 120.
In his ten seasons, Myers compiled 36 interceptions, returning two for touchdowns, while recovering 15 fumbles, of which he returned two for scores.
Myers’ best season was 1979, when he was also named to the Pro Bowl, as well as being named All-Pro, becoming the first player in team history to be named first team All-Pro.
Myers played for the Saints, and only the Saints, during his 10-year NFL career, retiring after the 1981 season.
The Saints weren’t very good in the time that Myers played, compiling an overall record of 41-106-1, but no one could blame the now 64-year old native of Cohoes, New York, who is a member of the Saints Hall of Fame.