A look at the No. 15 pick in the last 10 NFL drafts

“With the 15th pick in the NFL draft …

A list of who’s gone where at the 15th spot in the past 10 drafts and what they’ve done

2012

Seahawks

Bruce

Irvin

DE

West Virginia

Didn’t start as rookie, but made impact with 8 sacks, 1 forced fumble.

2011

Dolphins

Mike

Pouncey

C

Florida

Has started all 32 games in his two years as anchor of offensive line.

2010

Giants

Jason

Pierre-Paul

DE

South Florida

Sinewy pass-rusher has made two Pro Bowls and has 27.5 career sacks.

2009

Texans

Brian

Cushing

ILB

Southern Cal

AP Defensive Rookie of the Year has started 49 games and has 9.5 sacks.

2008

Chiefs

Branden

Albert

G

Virginia

Drafted as a guard, he’s been solid at left tackle with 71 starts in 73 games.

2007

Steelers

Lawrence Timmons

ILB

Florida St.

Four-year starter has 23 career sacks, 7 interceptions and 10 forced fumbles.

2006

Rams

Tye

Hill

CB

Clemson

Had 5 interceptions in 25 games and was out of the NFL after five seasons.

2005

Chiefs

Derrick

Johnson

ILB

Texas

A 2011 All-Pro, he’s started 109 games with 18 sacks, 19 forced fumbles.

2004

Bucs

Michael

Clayton

WR

LSU

Had 80 catches as rookie, but leveled off and had 223 receptions in 8 years.

2003

Eagles

Jerome

McDougle

DE

Miami

Played in just 37 games with no starts in an unspectacular 4-year career.

... the New Orleans Saints select …”

How 10 national analysts see the Saints using their first pick (as of April 18)

  • Don Banks/SI.com

Jarvis Jones, OLB

6-3 245 Georgia

  • Dane Brugler/NFLDraftScout.com

Jarvis Jones, OLB

6-3 245 Georgia

  • Charlie Campbell/WalterFootball.com

Jarvis Jones, OLB

6-3 245 Georgia

  • Charles Davis/NFL.com

Star Lotulelei, DT

6-3 311 Utah

  • Clark Judge/CBSSports.com

Barkevious Mingo, OLB

6-4 241 LSU

  • Mel Kiper Jr./ESPN

Manti Te’o, ILB

6-1 241 Notre Dame

  • Pat Kirwan/CBSSports.com

Kenny Vaccaro, FS

6-0 214 Texas

  • Todd McShay/ESPN

Barkevious Mingo, OLB

6-4 241 LSU

  • Rob Rang/NFLDraftScout.com

Barkevious Mingo, OLB

6-4 241 LSU

  • USA Today

Jarvis Jones, OLB

6-3 245 Georgia

Five to watch

Players who could still be on the board when the Saints pick at No. 15

Jarvis Jones

Georgia

OLB 6-3 245

An elite pass-rusher off the edge, Jones was regarded as a top-10 pick until questions about a neck injury and poor work ethic caused him to tumble in the eyes of draft experts. He also ran a slow 40-yard time at Pro Day, but could be a force at the next level with the proper motivation.

Star Lotulelei

Utah

DT 6-3 311

Lotulelei, a solid run-stopper, was a likely high pick until tests showed a heart problem at the NFL Scouting Combine. He has since been cleared to continue his career after he reportedly passed 10 heart tests — including two Cardiac MRIs. He dazzled at his Pro Day in agility and positional drills.

Barkevious Mingo

LSU

OLB 6-4 241

Many mock drafts have Mingo falling to the Saints at this position, which could happen. His combination of length and speed make him an intriguing prospect, especially with most teams seeing him as a pass-rushing linebacker who can get to the quarterback or ball carrier rather quickly.

Menelik Watson

Florida State

T 6-5 310

Watson, a former basketball player from England, is a project having only played one season of college football. But Watson made the most of it and is soaring up the draft boards with long arms and a powerful body. He played right tackle at FSU, but could switch to the left side.

Kenny Vaccaro

Texas

FS 6-0 214

The Saints had some problems in the secondary last season, and Vaccaro is the kind of physical player new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan loves. While he doesn’t possess great speed, he’s a solid tackler with prototypical size and build for the position. He also proved to be solid in pass coverage.

Sheldon Mickles