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NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans Saints 2021 NFL Draft Round One Notes
· With the 28th pick overall in the first round, New Orleans selected University of Houston DE Payton Turner.
· This marks the second selection that the Saints have made with the 28th overall pick, previously selecting RB Mark Ingram in 2011.
· Turner is the sixth player selected by New Orleans out of the University of Houston, the first since G Mike Gisler in 1992 (11th round, 303rd overall).
· Turner’s, selection marks the second time that New Orleans has picked a player out of the American Athletic Conference since the league’s establishment in 2014, the first being WR Tre’Quan Smith (third round, 91st overall, 2018).
· Turner is the 11th defensive end selected in the first round by New Orleans, as he joins fellow first round ends Marcus Davenport (2018) and Cameron Jordan (2011) on the roster, as well as Kevin Hardy (1968), Joe Campbell (1977), Shawn Knight (1987), Wayne Martin (1989), Renaldo Turnbull (1990), Joe Johnson (1994), Charles Grant (2002) and Will Smith (2004) The 11 defensive ends are the most selected position wise in the first round in club history by the Saints. ...
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