A look at the NFC South’s best and worst from the past five NFL drafts, one team at a time.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Best choice: Jimmy Graham. The Saints took what appeared to be a huge leap when they took the former University of Miami basketball player in the third round (95th overall) in 2010. They struck a major gold mine. By his second season, Graham already was one of the best tight ends in the NFL. But the really good news is that his best days are likely still ahead of him.
Worst choice: Sedrick Ellis. Taken with the seventh overall pick in 2008, Ellis was supposed to have a huge impact. That never has happened. Ellis hasn’t been a total bust, but he’s never delivered the type of production you would expect from a top-10 pick. That’s why I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the Saints let Ellis walk into free agency in March.
Verdict pending: Mark Ingram. The Saints traded up to get Ingram with the 28th overall pick in the 2011 draft. When you trade up to get a running back, you expect big results. We haven’t seen much out of Ingram yet as he shares space in a crowded New Orleans backfield. But I’m not ready to give up on Ingram just yet. I think he still could be an impact player if the coaching staff uses him properly.