From a franchise with such a history of futility, you would expect there to be a monumental amount of first-round busts. Yet, there are a remarkably few true busts, even for a franchise that has drafted players in the first round of the NFL draft 44 times.
Many of the players on this list are busts in the same way Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls was—it was great, just not quite as great as the original.
Three players on this list aren't as much busts as they are players who were just the victims of unreal expectations. (And all three are running backs taken within the first five picks of the draft.) That's a lot to live up to for any player, especially a running back.
Others are legitimate busts—players whom the Saints undoubtedly would look back and ask for a mulligan.
All are players the average fan will look back at and wonder what happened. Who are they, and where do they rank? Click into the slideshow to find out.
(Note: Only players selected in the first round by the New Orleans Saints were considered for this list.)