How Good Have Wisconsin Draft Choices Been For The New Orleans Saints?
Recently, the New Orleans Saints selected former Wisconsin offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk with the 32nd-overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Yesterday, we looked at how Ohio St. draftees have fared for the Saints, after picking Marshon Lattimore with the 11th-overall pick of the recent NFL Draft.
Today, we view how well Wisconsin players have fared for the Saints after they drafted them.
Ramczyk became only the sixth player that the Saints have ever drafted out of Wisconsin, and the first Badger that was ever selected by the Saints prior to the 6th round.
Let's view the list, below:
1983---David Greenwood---Defensive Back---8th round
1988---Glenn Derby---Offensive Lineman---8th round
1995---Lee DeRamus---Wide Receiver---6th round
2005---Jason Jefferson---Defensive Lineman---6th round
2008---Taylor Melhaff---Kicker---6th round
2017---Ryan Ramczyk---Offensive Lineman---1st round
Wisconsin hasn't been as kind to the Saints as Ohio St. has been.
Then again, the Saints haven't drafted as many Badgers, and with none being selected prior to the 6th round before this year, those selections shouldn't be held to as high of a standard.
The list is far from a sterling group, but the best Wisconsin player that the Saints ever drafted is probably Lee DeRamus, a receiver, who played 2 years for the Saints, from 1995-1996.
The reason? very simple; he played the most years, and the most games of the bunch.
A native of Stratford, New Jersey, DeRamus was selected by the Saints in the 6th round of the 1995 NFL Draft.
The 6-foot, 205-pound DeRamus played in 8 games as a rookie, all as a reserve, making 6 catches for 76 yards.
In 1996, his final year in New Orleans, and his final year in the NFL, DeRamus appeared in 15 games, including 4 starts, while making 15 receptions for 182 yards and a touchdown.
In two NFL seasons, all with the Saints, DeRamus appeared in 23 games, including 2 starts, while compiling 21 catches for 258 yards and one touchdown.
Let's hope Ramczyk tops this list very soon!