Sean Payton believes you must wait several years before grading a draft class.
It takes time for players to develop, to learn that the NFL is a job unlike anything they’re accustomed to, including those from major college programs.
The Saints have had 46 drafts now and we at WWLTV.com wondered about their best picks of all time by round. An (un)scientific poll of 11, ranging from sports writers to life-long Saints fans, was taken and the results will likely not surprise you save for one or two selections or placements.
With the annual NFL draft set for May 8-11, those selected this year have a ways to go match how these players are viewed. But time is on their side right now.
We used rounds 1-7 from 1967 through 2013 and then combined the rounds 8-17 since the current draft only uses seven rounds.
One caveat – this list does not include undrafted rookie free agents. It’s just those drafted by the Saints. That’s why you don’t see Pierre Thomas or Junior Galette or any others not drafted but became big contributors.