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.
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As previously explained, the 1980 Saints season was the worst in the history of suck. The only silver lining of the '80 season was the '81 draft. Today's player is the second of three players from the 1981 draft who made it onto our list.
Frank Warren was a defensive end out of Auburn, drafted with the 57th pick in the 3rd round. Warren would make the team and have a good run at the DE position.
In Warren's 13 seasons playing with the Saints, he played in 189 games while racking up 52.5 sacks, a safety, and an interception. Warren's production as a Saint earned him a ticket into the teams Hall of Fame. Incidentally, he had similar career production as our #10 draft success, Jim Wilks, again proving that regardless of draft position, anyone can earn a starting job.
Tragically, in December of 2002, Frank Warren died of a heart attack in his home in Birmingham, Alabama. At the age of 43, Warren was someone who struggled with weight problems after retiring from the NFL.
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