Saints draft Cal OLB Khairi Fortt in 4th round

    2014-05-10 12:54

METAIRIE, La. (AP) - The New Orleans Saints have drafted California outside linebacker Khairi Fortt in Saturday's fourth round of the NFL draft.

The 6-foot-2, 248-pound Fortt started all nine games in which he played as a fourth-year junior for Cal last season, lining up at weak-side linebacker. Despite missing three games with a biceps injury, he was a national semifinalist for the Butkus Award, given to the nation's top linebacker, after recording 64 tackles, including 3 1/2 tackles for losses.

Fortt began his college career at Penn State, transferring after the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

Earlier in the draft, the Saints took Oregon receiver Brandin Cooks after trading their 27th overall pick and third-round pick to Arizona for the Cardinals' 20th overall choice. New Orleans took Nebraska cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste in the second round.