METAIRIE, La. (AP) - The New Orleans Saints have selected
California defensive end Cameron Jordan with the 24th pick in the
NFL draft, looking to bolster a lackluster pass rush.
Jordan, son of former Pro Bowl player Steve Jordan, had 62
tackles, 12.5 stops for loss and 5.5 sacks while forcing three
fumbles as a senior. He was a first-team Pac-10 selection last
New Orleans finished tied for 18th in the NFL in sacks last
season and did not get consistent pressure from starting ends Will
Smith (5.5 sacks) and Alex Brown (two sacks). After winning the
Super Bowl, the Saints went 11-5 and lost in the first round of the
playoffs to Seattle.
New Orleans passed on Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers, who
led the nation with 15.5 sacks, and Alabama running back Mark
Ingram, the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner.