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Top 10 Draft Busts In Saints History: #5 Les Kelley

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.

It was the 1967 draft and the New Orleans Saints were in the middle of their first ever draft as a team. As an expansion team, they had received the No. 1 overall draft pick. However, the team ended up trading that pick to the Colts, leaving the No. 26 pick still in their hands. It would be the Saints first ever draft pick and it was symbolic, for it would help represent the direction of this new team's future.

Linebacker Les Kelley was the Saints first ever draft pick and he was also their first bust. He played three years and never once became starter material. Though Kelley was only the the 26th pick in that draft, he never could start for a team that had yet to even play it's first game. If Canal Street Chronicles were around back then, Dave would have written a satire post with a picture of Les Kelley on a milk bottle, Andrew would have a post wondering if he was the worst linebacker in history, Satch would make sure readers knew they weren't related and Hans would be wondering if he could turn "Les Kelley" into a hamburger recipe.

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