New Orleans Saints: Ranking the top five first round picks in team history

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George Rogers (1981-1987)

George Rogers is a unique player on this list.

He has a quality that no other New Orleans Saint in the history of the organization has going for them. He was the Saints ONLY No. 1 overall pick in the draft. He was drafted in 1981 out of the University of South Carolina.

Rogers went to the Pro-Bowl in his rookie season with the New Orleans Saints in 1981 and was also a first-team all-pro that year.

He tallied another Pro Bowl as a Saints the next year 1982. Rogers only played seven years in the NFL — which is a short time for a player — after nagging injuries that would not go away. He did, however, end his career with a Super Bowl victory with the Washington Redskins in 1987.

Rogers ranks second only to Eric Dickerson on the single-season rookie rushing yards record with 1,674 yards in his first year.

He also added 13 touchdowns to that magnificent season he had. His sophomore season with the Saints was not as bright only rushing for 535 yards before bouncing back up to over 1,000 in the next season.

Rogers only played four seasons with the New Orleans Saints before being traded to the Washington Redskins for a first-round pick. He went on to rush for over 1,000 in two of the three seasons he played in Washington as well as winning a Super Bowl before retiring in 1987.