NEW YORK -- New Orleans Saints start the third and final day of the 2014 NFL draft by bolstering the defense. With the 126th pick in the 4th round, the Saints selected linebacker Khairi Fortt from the University of California at Berkeley.
Fortt was one of 12 finalists for Butkus Award last season. He began his collegiate career at Penn State University with Joe Paterno and transferred to Cal in 2012.
Transferring from Penn State after the Jerry Sandusky scandal, Fortt played just one season at Cal after having to sit out in 2012 because of transfer rules.
Asked about the transfer, Fortt said, “I took it all in as a learning experience, life doesn’t go as planned. I just took as adversity, just a lesson to me growing up as a man. I picked Penn State, obviously, and it didn’t work out for me like I wanted it to so I had to pick a different option. I don’t regret it, I thought it was a learning tool for me."
He played 9 games last season because of injury.
According to the Associated Press, "the 6-foot-2, 248-pound Fortt started all nine games in which he played as a fourth-year junior for Cal last season, lining up at weak-side linebacker. Despite missing three games with a biceps injury, he was a national semifinalist for the Butkus Award, given to the nation's top linebacker, after recording 64 tackles, including 3 ½ tackles for losses."