The Advocate continues the countdown to the 2014 NFL draft with the seventh in an eight-part series on the Saints’ top five selections -- round-by-round -- as chosen by Sheldon Mickles. The series will continue each week until the top five first-round selections are revealed on May 6 -- two days before the May 8-10 draft.
1. Rickey Jackson, OLB (1981/51st overall)
One of the greatest players in franchise history, Jackson was the first person who spent the majority of his career with the Saints to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The team’s all-time sack leader with 115, Jackson was voted to six Pro Bowls and ranks second with 195 games played. He led the team in sacks three times and tied for the lead twice. Jackson, who brought a tough, aggressive mentality to the field, had seven interceptions, forced 38 fumbles and recovered 27 fumbles.
2. Dalton Hilliard, RB (1986/31st overall) Hilliard was one of the franchise’s greatest running backs whose calling card was his shifty moves and power. He ranks third in club history with 4,164 yards -- including a career-high 1,262 yards and 13 TDs in 1989. He also had 514 receiving yards and five TDs that year and his 1,776 total rushing and receiving yards and 18 scores earned him a trip to the Pro Bowl. He had 2,233 receiving yards, giving him 6,397 total yards from scrimmage. His 53 career touchdowns ranks third in club history.
3. Dave Waymer, CB/S (1980/41st)
Originally a cornerback, he became a safety late in his career. He’s the club’s all-time leader with 37 interceptions and was a 1996 inductee into the Saints Hall of Fame. Waymer, a Pro Bowl pick in 1987, led the team in interceptions five times in 10 seasons. He had six picks in 1985 and 1989 and posted a career-high nine in 1989. Waymer battled drug addiction during his NFL career and died of a heart attack induced by cocaine use at the age of 34 in 1993.
4. Tony Galbreath, FB (1976/32nd)
The thunder part of the “Thunder and Lightning” backfield, Galbreath was a productive player as a runner and receiver in five seasons with the Saints. He rushed for 2,865 yards and 27 TDs and caught 284 passes for 2,221 yards and six scores. That gave him 5,086 total yards and 33 TDs in just 75 games while sharing the ball-carrying duties with halfback Chuck Muncie. He had 1,217 total yards in 1978 and 1,192 total yards in ’78. He was inducted into the Saints Hall of Fame in 1991.
5. Devery Henderson, WR (2004/50th)
After not playing much as a rookie, Henderson became the Saints’ deep threat when Sean Payton took over in 2006. The former LSU standout averaged better than 20 yards a catch for three seasons in a row (23.3 in 2006, 20.5 in ’07 and 24.8 in ’08). In nine seasons, he caught 245 passes for 4,377 yards with 20 TDs -- averaging a healthy 17.9 yards per reception. Ten of his 20 touchdowns went for 40 yards or more with scores of 75, 76, 79 and 84 yards.