1. Archie Manning
Drafted 2nd overall in 1971
It’s such a shame that the Saints could never surround Archie Manning with talent because just think how good they could have been during his 11 years in the Big Easy.
Manning went second overall in 1971 and joined a bad Saints team. I’m talking REALLY bad. The 70s weren’t a time when a team could turn things around simply by having a good quarterback; they had to surround him with good players and a good defense even more so than teams have to now.
Manning still impressed during his 11-year career with the black and gold. He is second all-time in passing yards with 21,734 and also threw for 115 touchdowns.
After his time with the Saints was up, Manning spent time with the Oilers and Vikings before hanging up the cleats for good. It’s unfortunate that Manning never had a winning season in New Orleans but he’s still the best draft pick the team has ever made.
… and there you have it — The 15 best draft picks in Saints history!