Who Dat Nation we need your help! We need you to help decide the two worst draft picks of all-time in Saints franchise history.
It seems like a loaded question, but instantly my head began to swim with names of players new and old that I consider to be a bust. I can’t wait to see what you come up with out there!
I have thrown out a few suggestions for your consideration so feel free to vote for them with the Poll on the right bar if you agree, if not please comment on who you think is the worst player to be drafted.
If no one agrees with who I have picked I will redo the Poll with who you want, exclusively for you – the Saints fans!
The results will be featured on NFL mock drafts and all fansided team blogs Internet wide, so let’s get it rolling and show some Saints fan pride.
So without further ado, here are some players I think we should consider for the all time worst draft busts:
RB – Ricky Williams, Drafted as the 5th pick in the 1999 draft by New Orleans. Williams was highly recruited and coveted as the best running back prospect to come along in the last decade. So much so that then Saints head coach Mike Ditka traded away all of the Saints draft picks that year, a 1st and 3rd the following year, just to get the guy. Williams never developed as the Saints expected and his bizarre behavior began to raise red flags. Ultimately he was diagnosed with clinical depression and a social anxiety disorder. He has bounced in and out of the league with drug problems and is currently Ronnie Brown’s backup in Miami.
WR – Larry Burton, Drafted as the 7th pick in the 1975 draft by New Orleans. Highly drafted speedster whom the Saints saw a real deep threat in. Played only five total years in the NFL, three of which were with New Orleans where he never totaled more than 305 yards in a season – add on four touchdowns in that span as well.
RB – Reggie Bush, Drafted as the 2nd pick in the 2006 draft. Reggie was a highly touted prospect expected to shatter NFL record books after a sizzling collegiate career at USC. His rookie season was not a disappointment accounting for over a thousand yards from scrimmage and eight touchdowns. Bushs’ output greatly declined in ’07 and ’08, battling inconsistency and constant knee problems throughout. I think Reggie still has a lot to prove but can be an elite back in the NFL, as do the Saints. What do you think?
WR – Robert Meachem, Drafted as the 27th pick in the 2007 draft. Meachem shattered records while playing at Tennessee and entered the 2007 draft with high marks and high praise. He never stepped foot on the field his rookie season after injuring his knee during training camp, which required surgery. It was reported he was overweight and out of shape when reporting to camp which attributed to his injury. A decent showing in 2008 has renewed support for him from fans and coaches alike. He is still buried on the depth chart behind Colston, Moore, and Henderson. When you throw rookie Adrian Arrington into the equation, his chances of starting are slim to none.
DE – Shawn Knight, Drafted as the 11th pick in the 1987 draft. Knight was considered a blue chip prospect out of college which earned him a first round grade. Considered an equally strong pass rusher and run stopper he was set to anchor the Saints defensive line. He fell short of that goal starting only ten games his rookie season, never recording a single stat.