APRIL 28, 2011—The Saints are gearing up for another Super Bowl run.
In the first round of Thursday night's NFL draft, the Saints made two selections. The Saints drafted California defensive end Cameron Jordan with the 24th pick, then traded to acquire the 28th pick in round one. The Saints dealt this year's second round pick, and next year's first round pick to New England. New Orleans then selected Alabama running back Mark Ingram.
Reggie Bush. Head coach Sean Payton said the drafting of Ingram would have no bearing on the Saints desire to retain Bush.
Ingram joins Bush, Ricky Williams, and George Rogers as Heisman Trophy winning backs selected by the Saints. All were first round picks. Ingram won the Heisman in 2009 as Alabama won the national championship. In 2010, he missed the first two games after knee surgery. Ingram rushed for 878 yards on 158 carries.
Both Jordand Ingram are son's of former NFL players. Steve Jordan played tight end for Minnesota. Mark Ingram was a wide receiver for several NFL teams. He was a member of the 1990 season's Super Bowl champs, the New York Giants. Ingram's father is currently serving a 10 year federal prison sentence. He was sentenced to approximately eight years for money laundering and bank fraud. Two additionals years were added after the elder Ingram jumped bail to see his son play in the 2009 Sugar Bowl.
Saints head coach Sean Payton was asked how much better the Saints were after these two picks? Said Payton, "two picks better."
The Saints currently have two third round and two seventh round picks.