Starting April 4th and continuing through April 28th, 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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Eric Martin was a wide receiver from LSU, the only school the Saints draft awesome players from. The former Tiger was drafted in the 7th round with the 179th overall pick. Seventh round picks, as this man can attest to, are not very well loved and are usually considered camp bodies who have to work to earn their spot on the roster. Martin did that. He earned his spot and stayed there for nine years. For reference, Colston has only made it five years but, at current projections, will beat Martin's numbers quite easily if he plays for three or four more years.
Martin was able to accumulate 532 receptions (the most in Saints history), 48 touchdowns (2nd most), and 7,858 receiving yards (the most). He also ranks 2nd in number of 100-yard receiving games with 18.
Martin was only able to snag one Pro Bowl appearance, but he was undoubtedly one of the Saints best receivers. That's not bad for the 27th wide receiver taken in the 1985 draft, now is it?
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