Starting April 4th and continuing through April 29th, Canal Street Chronicles will be counting down the top 10 draft busts and then the top 10 draft successes in Saints history. Feel free to to use these posts as a springboard for discussion about how awful or how great each draft pick turned out.
This guy is a bust for so many reasons. First off, the back story: During the 2003 draft, the Saints had two first round picks, both the 17th and the 18th overall, thanks to the Ricky Williams trade and the Saints would be able to get a good infusion of talent with both of these opportunities. Instead, the Saints used those selections to trade up to the 6th overall spot and took Johnathan Sullivan. Sullivan, a defensive tackle out of Georgia, was obviously going to be a great starter.
Instead, the Georgia bulldog sucked...horribly. He played for three seasons with the Saints but only managed to play 36 games and only started for 16 of them. He had a total of 77 tackles, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble during that three year period.
After that time, the Patriots traded for him and released him shortly afterward. He is still technically on the free agent market but can't find a team to pick him up (imagine that). Another horrible memory from the Haslett era that makes people scream.
And with that, Canal Street Chronicles concludes it's countdown of the top 10 draft busts in Saints history! Make the jump to see the complete list of all ten players and a quick note from our sponsor.
#10: Rick Middleton
#9: Lindsay Scott
#8: Larry Burton
#7: Alvin Toles
#6: Joe Campbell
#5: Les Kelley
#4: Shawn Knight
#3: Kevin Hardy
#2: Russell Erxleben
#1: Johnathan Sullivan
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