Saints Draft

What If: Sean Payton’s Draft Picks Revisited

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2007

September 23, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) and offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod (74) react after a touchdown to wide receiver Lance Moore (not pictured) during the first quarter of a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Good Pick: Jermon Bushrod (OT)

What a great steal in the fourth round to pick up Bushrod. He went on to become a two-time pro bowler, a Super Bowl champion, and protected quarterback Drew Brees until Bushrod signed a deal with the Chicago Bears in 2013.

Bad Pick: Usama Young (DB)

Some people go with Andy Alleman in this draft class, but I believe Usama Young takes the cake. In the Super Bowl, he came in for one play at safety for Roman Harper. Harper is a liability in pass coverage already, but Manning knew right away to go to Pierre Garcon who burned Young for a touchdown.

Missed Opportunity: Marshal Yanda (OT)

Any other pick than Young is fine with me, but how about Marshal Yanda? He was hailed as a rough player coming out of the University of Iowa. He went on to become a three-time pro bowler and Super Bowl champion with the Ravens.

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