By Chris Ross @DraftScout_NFL on March 28, 2014
Today, the New Orleans Saints are one of the best teams in the NFL, mainly due to the exceptional draft classes they have had over the last few years. However, it wasn't always so great in New Orleans, as for years the team struggled mightily in the draft. That said, ladies and gentlemen, here are the five biggest draft blunders in New Orleans Saints history.
From a talent standpoint, Reggie Bush is one of the best players to ever wear a New Orleans Saints uniform. However, due to unreal expectations placed upon him, Bush never seemed to really emerge as anything more than an exciting complementary piece until he was traded following the 2010 season.
Much like Bush, Ricky Williams possessed a ton of natural talent, and overall, his career was actually rather decent. However, giving up an entire draft just to select a player that would last only three seasons with the team can’t be what the Saints wanted when they drafted Williams.
It’s bad enough to select a guard at number eight overall. It’s even worse when that guard turns out to be as inept as Royce Smith was during his time with the Saints. He lasted only two seasons in New Orleans before the team sent him on his way.
In college, Jonathan Sullivan was one of the most feared defensive linemen in the nation while playing with the Georgia Bulldogs. However, once in the NFL, Sullivan totally flopped, lasting just four seasons before finding himself out of the league.
A first round pick in 1968, Kevin Hardy was expected to step in and become an effective starter from day one with the Saints. Instead, he never even played a snap with the team, and eventually found himself out of the league after several brief, ineffective stints with a few other teams.
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