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6 NFL draftees Saints regret passing up for Cesar Ruiz

Cesar Ruiz, New Orleans Saints (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Tee Higgins could have been a star for the Saints

The Bengals have a plethora of wide receivers while New Orleans has the opposite problem. Tee Higgins was available when NOLA took Ruiz, however, and he was projected as a first-round pick so no one would have blamed the Saints for taking him with the No. 24 pick.

Instead, Ruiz went to NOLA and Higgins didn’t his name called until early in the second round at pick No. 33. Since joining Joe Burrow and the Bengals, Higgins has put up really impressive numbers. He probably would have gone over 1,000 yards last year had Burrow not gotten injured but 908 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie is nothing to scoff at.

After a slow start in year two, Higgins has been putting up monster numbers in recent weeks, posting back-to-back games with 100+ yard games. This past week he had 138 yards, which is a career-high for the former Clemson Tiger.

With all of the wide receiver issues that New Orleans has had, knowing Higgins could have been a Saint is painful. He’d have been a superstar in the Big Easy.