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

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Willie Roaf (1993-2005)

Just like George Rogers, Willie Roaf accomplished a task that no other New Orleans Saints first-round draftee has ever done — be inducted into the National Football Hall of Fame.

Willie Roaf was drafted with the No. 5 overall pick in the 1993 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints out of Louisiana Tech.

Willie was an offensive tackle to there are not many stats that can be attributed to his name. However, out of the nine-season he played with the New Orleans Saints, Roaf was selected to seven Pro Bowls and one first-team all-pro in that span. He played for the Saints in nine out of 13 seasons.

He finished his career with four straight Pro Bowls and two first-team all-pro selections with the Kansas City Chiefs before retiring in 2005. Roaf made it to the Pro Bowl in all but two seasons he played in the National Football League.

That is a feat that can not go unnoticed to anyone and that is the reason for his selection to the NFL Hall of Fame.

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The list of first-round picks could have gone on with names like Deuce McAllister, Reggie Bush, Joe Johnson, and Ken Burrough.

These five will forever be remembered in New Orleans Saints history and have left a mark on the city that can not be quickly forgotten. We thank all these players for their dedication to the sport, the organization, and the city. For New Orleans, we salute you.