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Saints Pick Tavon Rooks in 6th Round of NFL Draft
After scooping top wide receiver prospect Brandin Cooks, and a handful of big-money picks, Kansas State’s Tavon Rooks (6 ft. 5 inches, 280 pounds) was the Saints’ last pick for the season. The two-year starter and 202nd overall pick has shown his skills in pass protection and run-blocking, and he will start his NFL career in the right tackle position.
When asked whether or not he thought coach Sean Payton's call was a prank, Rooks responded, "(Laughing) to tell you the truth I did when coach Payton called me the first time. I was like, "coach Payton? No, this is not him" and he talked to me about it and he told me they were drafting me in the next round and don't be too excited. So I didn't get my hopes up too high. But like I said, I'm just grateful for this feeling to be drafted. It's been a long journey, so I'm just happy."
The Saints drafted a total of six players in the 2014 draft. After letting go of the team brought in Cooks, Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Khairi Fort, Vinnie Sunseri and Ronald Powell before picking Rooks in the sixth round.
The Saints traded their third round pick to Arizona, so that they could move up and pick Cooks.
As New Orleans gains new Saints, Baton Rouge sees players graduate from SEC to NFL. A number of Tigers were also scooped up in the draft. The Giants nabbed Odell Beckham, Ego Ferguson is headed to Chicago, Jeremy Hill is headed to the Cincinnati Bengals, and Jarvis Landry is headed to Miami to play for the Dolphins.
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