Editor’s note: Leading up to the 2016 Draft, we took a look at each NFL team’s Longhorn draft history.
Over the next week leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft on April 28, we’re taking a look at the best Texas Longhorns players drafted by each team.
New Orleans Saints (1966-present)
Best pick: Ricky Williams, running back, 1999
Still, the 1998 Heisman Trophy winner had two 1,000-yard seasons for the Saints in three seasons. Obviously, Williams’ best pro years came at his next stop, Miami, but he’ll always be remember more for his time as a Longhorn, where he is one of the greatest players in the history of the program and the history of college football.
Most recent pick: Kenny Vaccaro, safety, 2013
Vaccaro was a first team All-American in 2012, a first team All-Big 12 selection in 2011 and 2012 and eventually the 15th pick of the NFL draft. In three seasons he’s started 44 games for the Saints and has three career interceptions and 185 solo tackles. He started every game in 2015 for the Saints.
First pick: Bob Simmons, offensive line, 1976
Simmons was the 77th pick of the 1976 draft, taken in the third round. He never played for the Saints and made his NFL debut in 1977 with the Kansas City Chiefs, where he played seven seasons. He started 70 games for Kansas City. Simmons was a 1975 All-American at Texas.
Of note: The Saints took linebacker Winfred Tubbs with the 79th pick of the 1994 draft. He played four seasons in New Orleans starting 42 games and getting 10.5 sacks. The 6-foot-4-inch, 250 pound backer then moved to San Francisco where in 1998 he was a Pro Bowler.
But seriously, Ricky Williams was drafted by the Saints, and Ricky Williams once allowed this billboard to live in Austin:
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