Who is the best player the New Orleans Saints ever drafted from the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets?

From May 1 until the start of the 2016 NFL season on September 11, we’re going to list the best players that the Saints ever drafted from all 128 FBS schools, as of 2015.

Of course, there are a number of schools, including Air Force, Appalachian St., Arizona, Army, Baylor, Boise St., Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Florida, Central Michigan, East Carolina, FAU, FIU, Georgia Southern, Georgia St., and South Alabama, in which the Saints have never drafted a player.

Yesterday, we looked at the best player the Saints ever drafted from Georgia.

Today, we spotlight the best player the Saints ever drafted from Georgia Tech.

When it comes to selecting the best player the Saints ever drafted from Georgia Tech, the choice is limited to linebacker Pat Swilling (1986) and quarterback Jim Bob Taylor (1983)

The pick is going to be Swilling, an outside linebacker, who played 7 years for the Saints, from 1986-1992.

After playing his college football at Georgia Tech, Swilling was selected by the Saints in the third round of the 1986 NFL Draft.

The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Swilling was part of the first Jim Finks/Jim Mora draft class, which also featured the likes of Jim Dombrowski, Dalton Hilliard, and Rueben Mayes.

As a member of the “Dome Parol” linebacking corps, Swilling was a six-year starter for the Saints, compiling 354 tackles, to go along with 76.5 sacks, three interceptions, and seven recoveries.

A four-time Pro Bowler during his time with the Saints, Swilling was a key fixture in of one of the top defensive units in the league during his time with the franchise.

A native of Toccoa, Georgia, Swilling had his best season in 1991, when he was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year, after leading the league with 17 sacks.

The Saints traded Swilling to Detroit prior to the 1993 season. He played with the Lions for two years, before heading to the Oakland Raiders, where he finished out his career in 1998.

In all, Swilling played in 12 seasons in the NFL, recording 468 tackles, 107.5 sacks, 6 interceptions, 11 fumble recoveries, and one touchdown, while named to the NFL All-Pro team five times, in 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, and 1993.

Swilling, who was elected into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2009, was elected to the Louisiana State House of Representatives from New Orleans in 2001, serving one term, and currently works as a real estate developer in New Orleans.