NEW YORK -- The New Orleans Saints took two SEC defensive players with their two fifth round picks, before taking an offensive lineman with their final pick.
With the 167th pick, the Saints drafted Vinnie Sunseri, safety from Alabama, and with the 169th pick, the Saints selected linebacker Ronald Powell from Florida. With the 202nd pick in the 6th round, Tavon Rooks, offensive tackle from Kansas State, was picked.
Football runs in the blood for Sunseri. He is the son of former LSU assistant Sal Sunseri, who coached linebackers for Nick Saban in 2000 and currently the defensive ends coach at Florida State.
Sunseri has seen a Saints game in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, telling the team, "The fans electrify you in there."
Known for his football smarts and leadership skills on the field as a safety, Vinnie Sunseri did, however, suffer a knee injury in 2013 and is recovering from a torn ACL.
Powell, from Moreno Valley, California, in three seasons at Florida recorded 83 tackles, sacking the quarterback 12 times and had 28 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Powell suffered a knee injury in 2012.
"I feel like I am going to be a great fit for them," Powell told the Saints. "I think the tenacity that they are. I am a passionate guy when it comes to this game and I like the defensive mindset that they have in New Orleans. I am just happy to be a New Orleans Saint.”