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Biggest Draft Busts In The Sean Payton Era

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November 5, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis (98) sprays water on his face prior to kickoff of a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Sedrick Ellis, Defensive Tackle
2008 Draft, 1st Round, #7 Overall – USC

You would have to be stubborn and naive to not think that Sedrick Ellis was the Saints biggest draft bust since Jonathan Sullivan (2003). Ellis was heralded as the top interior lineman of the 2008 draft. If you look at the scouting profile on Ellis, it’s lengthy to say the least. He drew comparisons to a former Saint, La’Roi Glover. Sadly, Ellis never evolved into anything that resembled a first round draft choice.

After his run with the Saints would end, Ellis would find a home with the Bears in June 2013, but after failing to report to training camp in July, he would retire at 28.

Some Players The Saints Could Have Had In That Round: Where to even begin? How about sticking in the top 20? LB Jerod Mayo (#10), OT Ryan Clady (#12), Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (#16), Jeff Otah (#19), Aqib Talib (#20)

It could be me, but it seems there’s a common theme of USC players not being able to hack it in the big leagues. Maybe it’s just the case for the Saints?

Do you agree with our list? Who might you have added? Let us know below!

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