First we went so far as to presume that had Houston made the logical choice at the time (draft Reggie Bush No. 1 overall) that the New Orleans Saints would have tried to trade down with the New York Jets to No. 4 and then would have traded Mario Williams.
For the sacrifice, we assumed the Saints would also gain an extra second-round pick in the 2006 draft and would have used it to take Greg Jennings (that means Marques Colston may never have become a Saint), though Devin Hester and Maurice Jones-Drew were also two players we seriously considered.
We also assumed the Saints would have gained the Jets' 2007 first-round pick which the team would have used on either Patrick Willis or Darrelle Revis. I can see, feel and hear each Who Dat fan nodding along, crying and wishing that all would have taken place.
We didn't get to the 2012 NFL draft in our 'What If' game. Thus, I must pick up the slack and make these determinations on my own. And you are welcome to play along with me.
Through the first half of the season, there is a lot to re-evaluate and assess for the Saints' 2012 draft class.