Saints Pick Jordan in First Round

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.