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New Orleans Saints History: Saints Draft Derland Moore

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On this day in Saints history, January 29th, 1973, the team drafted Oklahoma defensive tackle Derland Moore with the 29th overall selection in the NFL Draft.

The New Orleans Saints would have to wait until the second round of the 1973 NFL Draft before making their first selection that year, after giving away their second overall pick to the Baltimore Colts for Billy Newsome and a fourth round pick in a draft-day trade.

But the Saints still scored big time when they picked up Oklahoma defensive tackle Derland Moore with the 29th overall selection exactly 41 years ago. Moore would eventually play an impressive 13 straight seasons and 170 games for the Saints as a defensive tackle, nose tackle, and defensive end.

Stats for Moore are hard to come by since sacks weren't recorded until 1982 and tackles weren't recorded until 2001.

Moore played his final season with the Jets in 1986 but only appeared in one game before retiring. He was inducted into the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame in 1991.

I would love to hear from those with more knowledge of Derland Moore and those who had the chance to actually watch him play.