Saints look to the future of offense, defense on draft day 2

Saints look to the future of offense, defense on draft day 2
QB Garrett Grayson (Source: Pro Tempore via Flickr Commons)
QB Garrett Grayson (Source: Pro Tempore via Flickr Commons)
PJ Williams (Source: Ben Salama via Flickr Commons)
PJ Williams (Source: Ben Salama via Flickr Commons)

CHICAGO (WVUE) - The Saints made moves on both sides of the ball in the third round of the NFL draft tonight.

With the 44th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Saints select Hau'oli Kikaha, Outside Linebacker from Washington.

Kikaha, measuring in at 6'2" 253 lbs., earned first-team All-American and first-team All-Pac-12 honors in 2014. Kikaha totaled 32 sacks, 40 tackles for a loss and six forced fumbles in his time at Washington. He tore his ACL twice in his college career, in 2011 and 2012, but started all 27 games he played in since.

After putting up 19 sacks in the 2014 season, he is expected to make an immediate impact on the Saints defense that ranked 31st in yards-allowed-per-game (384) and 26th in points-allowed-per-game (26.5)

With the 75th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints selected  Garrett Grayson, quarterback from Colorado State.

Grayson weighs in at 6'2" 213 lbs. He was the starter for CSU over the last two season and owns the passing records for yards, touchdowns, completions and completion percentage at the university. He was named Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year and first-team All-Mountain West in 2014.

With the 78th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints selected P.J. Williams, corner back from Florida State.

Williams was selected second-team All-ACC in 2014 with 11 passes defended and was the Defensive MVP in Florida State's BCS National Championship win over Auburn in 2014.

The 78th overall pick came from the Miami Dolphins as part of a trade that brought Linebacker Danelle Ellerbe to New Orleans and sent young wide receiver Kenny Still to Miami.

The Saints selected twice Thursday night in the NFL Draft's first round.

With the 13th overall pick , the New Orleans Saints select Andrus Peat, offensive tackle out of Stanford. Peat, a 6'7" 316 lb. lineman, was voted second-team All American by the Associated Press and an Outland Trophy semifinalist in 2014. He started the final 27 games of his career at Stanford.

With the 31st overall pick, the New Orleans Saints select Stephone Anthony, an inside linebacker from Clemson. The 6'3", 243 lbs. linebacker was invited to the 2015 Senior Bowl in 2015 and was first-team ALL-ACC in 2014. He was also a Butkus Award semi-finalist.

The 31st pick came to the Saints from the Seattle Seahawks in a trade that also brought in Center Max Unger and sent Tight End Jimmy Graham to Seattle.

Fox 8 will have the latest on tonight's draft during Fox 8 News at 9 and 10.

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