Top five draft busts in New Orleans Saints history
With the 2023 NFL Draft looming, the New Orleans Saints have an important choice to make. Hopefully that choice doesn't make this list of Saints draft blunders.
Excitement is at a fever pitch for the 2023 NFL Draft, and it's especially true for fans of the New Orleans Saints since they've only known they'd be in the first round for a short time and their division rival has the number one overall pick. Saints fans also know that the excitement can be look bad in hindsight due to some bonehead Draft day decisions.
Perhaps the most infamous was then-head coach Mike Ditka's decision to trade his entire draft (and a little something something on the side) to move up and draft running back Ricky Williams in 1999. Since we're talking draft busts through, that'd be a little unfair to incude Williams since he was a solid player.
With that being said, here are the top five draft busts in the history of the Saints.
Number five draft bust in Saints history: Stephone Anthony - LB (2015)
The Saints drafted Stephone Anthony 31st overall in 2015 using the pick they acquired from the Seattle Seahawks in the Jimmy Graham trade with the hope of the Clemson man locking down a starting linebacker spot for the years to follow.
What they got was two measly seasons filled with both injury and wildly mediocrity. The switch from the middle linebacker spot to the outside didn't help matters, and while Anthony did return for one last go around in 2019, all that resulted in was one assisted tackle.
That pretty much sums up Anthony's career in the Big Easy, since his tackle stats were blown up and hid the fact that he rarely got to the ball-carrier first.