Biggest Draft Busts In The Sean Payton Era

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Draft busts. Oh man! There’s so many players that every team can choose from. When a player is drafted high, they have so much weight to carry. You’re essentially being compensated for four years, and then how you play dictates what happens next. For most players? They never live up to their return on investment.

Today, we’ll look at some Saints draft busts from the Sean Payton Era.

Let me preface this article by saying that 2012 doesn’t count, and we aren’t going to focus on any current players, like Mark Ingram. Why? Well, because he’s still a Saint. As far as the other criteria for this list, it has to be a fourth round pick or higher.

Let me also give you the Tarantino version of my list, as I give you the honorable mentions first:

Al Woods, Defensive Tackle | 2010 Draft, Round 4, #123 Overall

Stanley Arnoux, Linebacker 2009 Draft, Round 4, #118 Overall

Chip Vaughn, Defensive Back 2009 Draft, Round 4, #116 Overall

Now that that’s out-of-the-way, let’s dive in!

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  • Barney Collier

    John, Let me start out by letting you know I am a USC alum, and teach you some history. USC has the most inductees (by far) in the NFL Hall of Fame with 11, and 3 more on the way – Junior Seau, Willie McGinest. Troy Polamalu. I think we have the most NFL players of all time, and in the top 5 currently. Some of our guys don’t translate to the NFL as compared to their dominance in college – it’s a different game. Many would disagree that Reggie Bush was a bust. He had to be accounted for and helped in 2 phases of the game and helped my hometown Saints win a historic championship, despite his many injuries. They knew going in he wasn’t an inbetween the tackles, classic RB. Robert Woods and Marquise Lee will have productive NFL careers, we have a DT, Leonard Williams that will terrorize NFL backfields for years to come, Nelson Aghelor is another top WR for next year as well. Look for many more Trojans to be drafted within the next 4 years and excel in today’s NFL.

    • Who Dat Dish

      I’m not doubting that USC is a talented school, and the alumni you mentioned are true examples and representations of their talent. However, lately? It has been a ‘not so much’ overall. Woods has been impressive. The Saints have not had a good track history with USC….that’s the big thing.

      • Barney Collier

        My thing is – I don’t hear SEC supporters express the same honesty with LSU (Alabama, Florida or Georgia) guys who don’t do well in the NFL – they seem to get a pass… Hoby Brenner (an all time Saints great) and Sammy Knight are Trojans who had many productive seasons for the Black and Gold. I think Marquise Lee will be a great, productive pro. There’s just too much talent at USC for the Saints to look elsewhere. Due to a disappointing 40 time at the combine, he could fall to 27th. I don’t think Coach Payton could resist the temptation to pass him up! For the record, I hope Kyle Fuller is available at 27. With our “win now” attitude, I say move up to 13th so we can target Justin Gilbert.