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19. Jim Wilks

Jim Wilks made the most of his opportunity when the lightly regarded defensive player from San Diego State not only made the New Orleans Saints roster despite being a 12thRound Pick, but he stayed with the team for his entire 13-year career.


Wilks played off the bench as a rookie (1981), but he would become New Orleans' starting Right Defensive End in his second season. Wilks may never have been considered a star, but he was tenacious and durable and made the most of his 260 Pounds. Also playing at Nose Tackle, Wilks would have 45.5 Sacks, which is a more than respectable amount for his position. 

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Defensive End
  • Acquired: Selected in the 12th Round, 305th Overall in the NFL Draft 4/29/81.
  • Departed: Retired after the 1993 Season.
  • Games Played: 186
  • Notable Statistics:

    183 Games Started
    7 Fumble Recoveries
    49.0 Quarterback Sacks*
    82 Approximate Value

    *Sacks were not an official stat until 1982 but were unofficially calculated by Pro Football Reference from 1960 to 1981..

  • Played For: New Orleans Saints
  • Major Accolades and Awards: None
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