Top 15 draft picks in New Orleans Saints history

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7. Morten Andersen

Drafted 86th overall in 1982

Taking a kicker in the fourth round in the draft might garner laughs from the other teams but the Saints hit the jackpot with their fourth-round selection of Morten Andersen in the 1982 NFL Draft.

The Denmark-born kicker spent his collegiate career at Michigan State and turned enough heads to get drafted in round four. He went on to become one of the best kickers in NFL history. Not only did Andersen spend a whopping 25 years in the NFL but he was dominant throughout that entire time.

Andersen began his career in New Orleans, kicking for them for 13 years. He finished his Saints career with a field goal percentage of 77.6% and an extra-point percentage of 98.6%, missing just six extra-point attempts in his 13-year Saints career.

Andersen’s next stop was in Atlanta where he spent six years. He then kicked for the Giants for one year, the Chiefs for two years, the Vikings for a year, and then returned to Atlanta for the final two years of his career.

Kickers have to be phenomenal to make it into the Hall of Fame and Morten Andersen was inducted there in 2017, which was well-deserved. His incredible career not only began in New Orleans but he was top-notch during his time there.