RICKY WITH LINEMEN PHOTO BY JIM SIGMON/ UT Sports Information shot in Fall of 98

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Longhorns drafted in the NFL: New Orleans Saints

Posted April 26th, 2016

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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)

ORG XMIT: NUA103 New Orleans Saints running back Ricky Williams (34) runs away from Carolina Panthers' Al Lucas (71) as Panthers' Jarrod Cooper (40) gives chase during the first half Sunday, Dec. 2, 2001, in New Orleans. Williams picked up a first down on the play. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)
New Orleans Saints running back Ricky Williams (34) runs away from Carolina Panthers’ Al Lucas (71) as Panthers’ Jarrod Cooper (40) gives chase during the first half Sunday, Dec. 2, 2001, in New Orleans. Williams picked up a first down on the play. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

Best pick: Ricky Williams, running back, 1999

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OK. We get it, Ricky didn’t live up to all his hype when the Saints traded everything but a bag of fresh made Cafe Du Monde beignets to get him.

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.

Williams rushed for a then NCAA record 6,279 yards at Texas (click the link to watch him stick it to Texas A&M).

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.

Tubbs has been pretty successful post football also.

But seriously, Ricky Williams was drafted by the Saints, and Ricky Williams once allowed this billboard to live in Austin:

Photo by Larry Kolvoord/aas...12/11/98...This billboard saluting Ricky Williams accomplishment on the football field is visible from the northbound upper deck of IH-35. The sign is sponsored by Reebok.
This billboard saluting Ricky Williams accomplishment on the football field is visible from the northbound upper deck of IH-35. The sign is sponsored by Reebok. Photo by Larry Kolvoord/aas…12/11/98

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