2003 NFL Draft – No. 6 overall
Johnathan Sullivan is another player like Sedrick Ellis. He was a top-ten defensive tackle drafted at No. 6 overall by the New Orleans Saints. However, Sullivan only played for three years before he retired in 2005.
In three years, Sullivan totaled 1.5 sacks, 78 tackles, and one forced fumbles. Sullivan played in 14 games his rookie season and started 12 of them. In 2005, his final year, Sullivan played in all 16 games but didn’t start a single one.
Some notable draft picks that the Saints missed out on including Ravens Terrell Suggs; Steelers, Troy Polamalu; Bills, Willis McGahee; Cardinals, Anquan Boldin; Cowboys, Jason Witten; and Seahawks, Marcus Trufant.
There have not been many instances in the last 20 years where the New Orleans Saints have messed up a first-round draft pick. It took us going back to 2000 just for us to find three first-round draft picks that could be considered “bad”.