Saints raid Big 10 for two picks in 1st Round

NORMAN, OK - SEPTEMBER 17: Dede Westbrook #11 of the Oklahoma Sooners tackles Marshon Lattimore #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes as he ran an interception back in the first half of their game at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

The Saints stuck to a familiar theme in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft.

For the 4th time since 2009, the Saints have selected a defensive back in the first round of the NFL draft. Thursday night, the Saints selected Ohio State cornerback Marshon Lattimore with the 11th pick.

And, for the second time in three seasons, the Saints used a first round pick on an offensive lineman. The club selected tackle Ryan Ramczyk of Wisconsin with the 32nd and final pick of round one. Ramcyzk is 6-6, 310 pounds. A transfer from Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Ramczyk sat out the entire 2015 season. Like Lattimore, Ramcyzk was an first team all Big Ten selection in 2016.

Lattimore, a one year starter, has been plagued with hamstring injuries throughout his career. But, he is considered an elite talent.

Lattimore ran a 4.36 40 yard dash at the NFL combine. In 2016, he had 4 interceptions and 9 passes defensed.

Lattimore missed all of his freshman season and played only 7 games in 2015 because of hamstring issues. He is the third Ohio State player selected by the Saints in the last two drafts. In 2016, the Saints selected wide receiver Michael Thomas and safety Vonn Bell in the second round.

Two LSU stars were picked in the top 6. Running back Leonard Fournette of St Aug went to Jacksonville 4th overall. 2 selections later, the Jets picked LSU safety Jamal Adams.

Here’s a report from WGNO Sports’ Karen Loftus at the NFL draft in Philadelphia.

The Saints currently have one pick in the second round and two in the third round. The draft continues Friday night.