NEW YORK -- With the 58th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints went with defense and selected cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste from the University of Nebraska.
Jean-Baptiste went to Nebraska in 2010 as a wide receiver, but transitioned to cornerback in 2011.
A big cornerback at 6-foot-3, Jean-Baptiste had an interception in each of his first four games in the 2013 season.
Commenting on his size, head coach Sean Payton said, "A year and a half ago, starting with last year's draft, we started to put a high value on size."
Known for his ball skills, Jean-Baptiste could provide a boost for the Saints secondary.
"He was our highest rated prospect," said Payton, adding he "was someone that was separate from guys on our board... It ended up being a good fit for us."
This is the first cornerback that the Saints have drafted since Corey White in 2012.
"I know the Dome is going to be loud in New Orleans," said Jean-Baptiste via the Saints Twitter account. "I hope my Nebraska fans continue to cheer for me there."
Unless the Saints trade for a pick, this is their lone pick in the second day of the draft, after trading Thursday night their third-round pick to the Arizona Cardinals and move up from No. 27 in the first round to No. 20 and take Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks.