The Best New Orleans Saints Draft Choices From FBS Schools: Alabama
Who is the best player the New Orleans Saints ever drafted from the Alabama Crimson Tide?
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.
Yesterday, we looked at the best player the Saints ever drafted from Akron.
Today, we spotlight the best player the Saints ever drafted from Alabama.
When it comes to selecting the best player the Saints ever drafted from Alabama, the choice is between defensive back Roman Harper (2006), running back Mark Ingram (2011), defensive lineman Dameian Jeffries (1995), linebacker Les Kelley (1967), defensive lineman Kenny Smith, and safety Vinnie Sunseri (2014).
The pick: Roman Harper
The pick here is going to be Harper, a defensive back, who played eight years for the Saints, from 2006-2013.
After concluding his college career at Alabama, Harper was selected by the Saints in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft..
A starting safety for seven of his eight seasons with the franchise, Harper 529 tackles, along with 17 sacks and 7 interceptions.
Harper, a 6-foot, 195-pounder, earned Pro Bowl honors in 2009 and 2010.
After Harper left the Saints following the 2013 season, he signed with the Carolina Panthers.
A native of Prattville, Alabama, Harper has accumulated 570 tackles, 18 sacks, and 11 interceptions during his nine NFL seasons.