Cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste was the first Nebraska player off the board in the 2014 NFL Draft, as he was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the second round on Friday evening. Jean-Baptiste was the 58th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and the 26th pick in the second round.
The 6-3, 220-pound Jean-Baptiste is coming off an outstanding senior season for the Huskers in 2013, earning second-team All-Big Ten honors from both the coaches and media last fall. Jean-Baptiste tied for the team lead with four interceptions and led Nebraska with 12 pass breakups on the season. He also made 41 tackles, including 27 solo stops, and four tackles for loss.
Jean-Baptiste completed his Nebraska career with seven career interceptions and 22 career pass breakups. He also had 74 career tackles to his credit. Jean-Baptiste began his Nebraska career as a wide receiver, before switching to cornerback early in the 2011 campaign.
The selection of Jean-Baptiste by New Orleans marks the fifth straight season Nebraska has had at least one defensive back taken in the NFL Draft. A total of 11 Husker defensive backs have been drafted since 2005, including seven since the 2010 season.
Jean-Baptiste’s selected with the No. 58 overall pick marks the highest selection for a Nebraska player since Lavonte David was also taken with the No. 58 pick in the 2012 draft by Tampa Bay.
The third round of the NFL Draft is currently underway, while the fourth through seventh rounds will take place on Saturday.