Best Saints By The Numbers: #27
All summer long, we’re going to list the best players in New Orleans Saints history to wear every number, 00-99.
The pick: Malcolm Jenkins
When deciding who is the best New Orleans Saints player to ever wear #27, the choice is limited to running backs Rod McNeill, James Fenderson, and Aaron Stecker, receiver Walt Roberts, and defensive backs Antonio Gibson, Malcolm Jenkins, Bobby Thompson, Ray Brown, Greg Stemrick, Reginald Jones, Selwyn Jones, Vashone Adams, Rob Kelly, and Ken Irwin.
The pick, which is pretty much between Jenkins and Gibson, is Jenkins, a defensive back, who played with the Saints for five seasons, from 2009-2013.
After finishing his college career at Ohio St., where he won the Jim Thorpe Award, in recognition of the nation's top defensive back, Jenkins was selected by the Saints in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft.
A native of East Orange, New Jersey, Jenkins started six games in his rookie season, before becoming a full-time starting safety in 2010.
A second-team All-NFL selection by the Associated Press in 2010, Jenkins totaled nine interceptions, while scoring twice, in his five seasons with the Saints.
The 6-foot, 230-pound Jenkins signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles prior to the 2014 season.