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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Danny Abramowicz was one of the final draft picks for the Saints in their inaugural draft of 1967. He was taken in the 17th round of that draft. The modern day NFL draft has only seven rounds, so can you imagine seventeen? Danny was a wide receiver from Xavier University (no, not the X-Men school) and found his way into the NFL...barely. Once there, he became a phenomenal WR for the Saints for seven years.
During those seven seasons, Danny A. managed to accumulate 4,775 yards, 37 touchdowns and 309 receptions. For reference, Colston has earned 5,097 yards, 40 TDs and 369 receptions in 5 years and in a much more pass-happy offense with a HOF caliber quarterback. Danny did all of that when the Saints were just getting off the ground...and he was a freakin' 17th rounder.
Sadly, the Saints traded Abramowicz two games into the 1973 season. He would have two sub-par seasons with the 49ers before retiring in 1975. Abramowicz was top 10 in receiving yards and receptions from '68-'70. He was voted as an All-Pro wide receiver by the AP and currently resides in the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame. For a 17th rounder, that isn't half bad.
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