Trivia on Saints' Canadian draft pick

April, 27, 2012
4/27/12
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The New Orleans Saints turned a few heads when they drafted a player from a Canadian university Friday night.

They used a third-round pick No. 89 overall on Regina defensive tackle Akiem Hicks.

ESPN Stats & Information passed along a great trivia nugget. Hicks became the highest-drafted player from Canadian Interuniversity Sports since offensive lineman Mike Schad went No. 23 overall to the Los Angeles Rams in 1986.

Schad, a native of Canada, stayed with the Rams through 1988. He then went on to play for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1989 through 1993.

Hicks took a different route. He’s a native of Elk Grove, Calif. He played at Sacramento City College before transferring to LSU. But Hicks didn’t stay in Louisiana for long. He transferred to Regina in 2010 and played two eight-game seasons at Regina where he had eight career sacks and 56 tackles, including 12 for a loss.

This isn’t the first time Hicks has been drafted. He was selected by the Omaha Nighthawks in the United Football League’s 2011 draft, but chose to return to Regina.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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