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ROUND 2: Rickey Jackson
If you know your Saints’ draft history, you know this one is a no-brainer. The easiest choice the panel had to make, quite frankly.
Rickey Jackson – the City Champ – was New Orleans’ first-ever Pro Football Hall of Famer and played in the second-most games with the franchise (195). He was the only unanimous vote for best pick by the panel.
Jackson, the 51st selection in the 1981 draft, played 13 of his 15 seasons with the Saints. His 115 sacks are most in franchise history. His 13.5 sacks in 1992 are fourth-most ever in a single season for New Orleans. And his four-sack games against Atlanta in 1986 and Detroit in 1988 are tied for most by an individual in a game.
He also owns the franchise record for fumble recoveries with 26 and most in a season with seven in 1990.
Jackson earned Pro Bowl berths from 1983-86 and again in 1992 and ’93.
The Pahokee, Fla., native is still revered in New Orleans and every time he’s shown on the video board at any game around town, he gets a thunderous applause.
Runner-up: Dalton Hilliard