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Top 15 draft picks in New Orleans Saints history

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4. Willie Roaf

Drafted 8th overall in 1993

Louisiana Tech product Willie Roaf was an exciting pick in New Orleans simply due to him playing college football in the state of Louisiana. He was staying close to home for his NFL career, which turned out to be an iconic one.

Roaf started all 16 games at right tackle as a rookie in 1993 and then switched over to the left side in 1994. That’s a spot that he held down well for the next eight years, which resulted in two All-Pro nods for the Louisiana Tech star.

After a 2001 season where Roaf started just seven games, he signed with the Chiefs the following offseason and became a part of one of the most dominant offensive lines in NFL history. Roaf closed out his career in Kansas City, playing there for four years and then retiring following the 2005 season.

In 2012, Roaf was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He played well with two different franchises during his time in the league and that’s not always the case with Hall of Fame-caliber players. He’s one of the best picks in Saints history.

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