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ROUND 7: Marques Colston
The quiet receiver from Hofstra fell one point short of joining Rickey Jackson as a unanimous pick by the panel.
Only three players were taken after the Saints took Colston with the 252nd pick of the 2006 draft. Colston may be one of the best late-round picks in the entire NFL the past two decades.
He holds franchise records for receiving yards (8.337), yards from scrimmage (8,344), receiving and total touchdowns (63), receptions (607), most 1,000-yard receiving seasons (six) and highest receiving average (13.7).
He stands out in a draft that is one of the franchise’s best, if not best, ever. In 2006, coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis’ first together, the Saints took Reggie Bush, Roman Harper, Jahri Evans, Rob Ninkovich and Zach Strief, among others.
Runner-up: Eric Martin