Kaden Elliss drafted by the New Orleans Saints

Idaho linebacker Kaden Elliss was selected in the seventh round of the National Football League Draft, with the 244th overall pick by the New Orleans Saints Saturday. Elliss is the first Idaho football student-athlete selected in the NFL Draft since Korey Toomer in 2012.

A four-year starter and three-time all-conference selection, Elliss finished his Idaho career with 289 tackles, 47 for loss and 17 sacks. His 47 tackles for loss are the most by a Vandal since 2000.

As a senior, Elliss led Idaho with 16 tackles for loss and a career-high seven sacks on his way to earning first-team All-Big Sky honors. His junior season included second-team All-Sun Belt Conference accolades after recording 16 tackles for loss, five sacks, two forced fumbles and a blocked extra point.

In 2016, Elliss led all FBS linebackers with five interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown and was named All-Sun Belt Honorable Mention. As a freshman, Elliss recorded a career-high 83 tackles.

Elliss also spent time at tight end during his collegiate career, hauling in 10 catches for 176 yards and two touchdowns. Both scores came during his junior season in 2017, when he became the first FBS player since 2013 to catch a touchdown and record a sack in the same game – doing so twice.

Elliss is the 76th Vandal drafted by a professional football team dating back to 1936. He is the 36th to be chosen in the modern era of the NFL Draft (since 1970).

Elliss will graduate from the University of Idaho next month with a degree in operations management.