2008 NFL Draft – No. 7 overall
Sedrick Ellis was drafted in the 2008 NFL Draft with a Saints top-ten pick. Ellis was the second defensive tackle drafted after Glenn Dorsey. Ellis went on to play his entire career with the New Orleans Saints.
However, the downside is that Ellis only played five seasons in the NFL. He ended up retiring after the 2012 season. When you draft someone with a high pick like that, you expect them to play a little longer than that.
In Ellis’ five seasons, he only totaled 12.5 sacks, 174 tackles, and two forced fumbles. That is not exactly the five-year stat line you expect out of a top-ten tackle drafted into the NFL, but it was a reality for Ellis and the Saints.
Some notable draft picks that the Saints missed out on including Titans, Chris Johnson; Patriots, Jerrod Mayo; Buccaneers, Aqib Talib; Packers, Jordy Nelson; Eagles, DeSean Jackson; Bears, Matt Forte; and Chiefs, Jamal Charles.