May 27th, 2012
The New Orleans Saints did not have much to work with in the 2012 NFL draft.
The Saints traded their first-round pick for this year’s draft during the 2011 NFL draft, in order to move back into the first round and select running back Mark Ingram. Ingram could turn out to be a very good investment in time, but with the Saints subsequently losing their second-round selection as part of their punishment for the bounty scandal, they ended up very short on draft selections.
The Saints have broken free from the losing stigma that haunted them for decades; they won the Super Bowl following the 2009 season and have made three consecutive playoff appearances. That said, the future forecasts trouble, with head coach Sean Payton being suspended for the entire 2012 season along with numerous player suspensions, all due to the bounty scandal.
In order to keep up with their winning ways amidst scandalous times in New Orleans, it was important for the Saints to use the draft picks they still had well. Did they do so? Read through the following slides to find out.
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