New Orleans Saints Biggest Draft Misses under Sean Payton: No. 6, Andy Alleman


The New Orleans Saints are now less than a week away from the NFL Draft. Learning the fates of the No. 13 and 31 overall selections for the black and gold are gradually building, and the anxiety rises. Depending on who you cite, rumors continue to circulate that the Saints could trade up or trade back. Personally, I would love to see the Saints stick with their array of draft choices. However, as we’ve witnessed over the years, not everyone pans out. We pick up on our biggest draft misses under Sean Payton series, and give you Andy Alleman.

Andy Alleman, Guard
2007 Draft, 3rd Round, #88 Overall – Akron

Andy Alleman (pronounced Al-uh-ma) was considered the fourth highest offensive tackle prospect in the 2007 draft. He was known for his physical style of play, which would often punish opposing defenders. He drew comparisons to Steve McKinney, who was a fairly strong and punishing himself.

After being drafted in the third round by the New Orleans Saints in 2007, Alleman would spend his rookie season inactive for fifteen games. Alleman wouldn’t survive final cuts in 2008, and was released on August 30, 2008. He drew a lot of outside interest, as seven different teams put waiver claims in for him a day later. The Miami Dolphins emerged as the victor for the Alleman sweepstakes, but it wouldn’t last longer than a season.

Alleman then bounced to the Kansas City Chiefs on August 24, 2009 via a trade, then signed by the Indianapolis Colts on March 11, 2010, but was waived in August.

With all due respect, Alleman never figured to step in as a starter playing behind Jamar Nesbit and Jahri Evans. Maybe Alleman could have been an eventual consideration to take over for Nesbit, but it simply did not transpire.

Some players the New Orleans Saints could have drafted in that Round: DE Ray McDonald (#97) – I have to point out that there’s not many from that round that still play today, especially ones that made an impact.

Stay tuned as we count down the biggest busts and misses leading up to the NFL Draft!

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