Originally written on The Saints Nation  |  Last updated 11/14/14
Andrew's post on who were the worst picks the Saints ever had inspired me to write a little post of myself. I looked at a possible scenario where the Saints had not drafted the guy they picked but had drafted another guy that was drafted later, next man up. Couple of rules: the player must be the Saints' first pick of that year and he must be compared to the same position. Since record keeping gets bad the further back I go, I could only cover about 25 years back. This is part 1 in which I look at where the Saints should have drafted the next man up. My overall feeling: The Saints have had better or equal a lot of times. They were bad maybe, but the next man up was just as bad or worse. They have missed out only 4 times in 1985-2010. 2011 & 2012 picks have not yet played enough to say something about them. 5: There is no real nr 5. Nothing conclusive and substantial anyway. 4: 1987 Shawn Knight NT #11. We have read from Andrews post that he sucked. The next guy up was not there since he was the only NT drafted. However you can put a DT there who is Danny Noonan (#12) who is not that good but has started 41 games. He however only weighs in at 270 pounds and played DE so he might not be the real next man up. 3: 1996 Alex Molden CB #11. Wikipedia has very little on him, that is how unimpressive he was. So I can not say much. The next guy up, Walt Harris (#13) was a player that played a long time in the NFL. He was a good rookie and then it took him 10 years to get to his best performance in 2006 which gave him his one and only Pro Bowl selection and an All-Pro nomination. 2: 2003 Johnathan Sullivan DT #6. Andrew has told us how bad he was. But how was the next man up? Well that was Kevin Williams (#9) who is still playing for the Vikings and can only get more stats. He has been to 6 Pro Bowls and 5 times got nominated All-Pro. So... bas Sullivan bad? Yes he was but there was 1 guy that had a better guy following him. 1: 1995 Mark Fields LB #13. I never seen him play nor knew about him (since I only follow NFL since 2009). The guy is a 2 time probowler. That is pretty good! How can he be FIRST on the list then? Well the guy comming up after him is Derrick Brooks (#28). Looking at his record, I think he will be there at the next Superbowl, center field, just before kickoff, because I am not mistaken that is the year he is eligible for the HOF and he should be a first ballot HOFer. The guy has been 11 times to the Pro Bowl, been voted 9 times All-Pro and won a superbowl. Next to that he is a great guy as he has won the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. So... 1995 was not a bad pick for the Saints.. but it could have been so much better!
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Browns feel Josh Gordon 'has to go'

Jets contacted Rex Ryan's agent about replacements for him

Justin Gilbert inactive after being late to team meeting

Report: Browns had to search for Manziel after he threw party

Report: Jim Harbaugh to Michigan is done deal

Amari Cooper not a fan of New Orleans, thinks it smells

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

WATCH: Jennifer Lawrence does Louisville chant at game

WATCH: Did Bret Bielema do ‘Horns Down’ gesture?

Devils unveil unique coaching by committee situation

Report: 49ers expect Jim Harbaugh to take Michigan job

Report: Johnny Manziel fined for being late to treatment

Duke Johnson's mother says son will enter NFL Draft

WATCH: Pats fans serenade Pete Frates with 'Happy Birthday'

Harbaugh rumors affecting Michigan basketball ticket prices?

WATCH: Dez Bryant burns Redskins defender for TD

Detroit bar offering free food, booze if Lions beat Packers

Jameis Winston: I would throw in Richard Sherman's direction

WATCH: Nebraska safety pukes on field, keeps playing

WATCH: Nyquist holds puck for 28 seconds, scores OT winner

WATCH: Kevin Garnett blows in David West's ear

WATCH: Frank Beamer busts a move after bowl win

Bears could clean house after season

Nebraska chancellor booed by Huskers players?

WATCH: Rory McIlroy trolled by 'Sweet Caroline' song

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Pats fans serenade Pete Frates

Browns to part ways with Josh Gordon?

Manziel was late after throwing party?

Amari Cooper not a fan of New Orleans

Harbaugh to Mich. is done deal

WATCH: Jennifer Lawrence supports Louisville with chant

Did Bielema do ‘Horns Down’?

WATCH: Beamer busts a move

Bears could clean house after season

Nebraska chancellor booed by players?

Johnny Manziel fined by Browns

Castro questioned after shooting

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.