New Orleans Saints first Round Draft Choices: Johnathan Sullivan (2003)
The first round of the 2016 NFL Draft will be held on Thursday, April 28, in Chicago, Illinois.
Between now and then, we’ll be looking back at all of the drafts of the New Orleans Saints, from 1967-2015.
Yesterday, we looked back at 2002.
The 2003 draft was the 37th draft in the history of the Saints.
The selection, which the Saints actually had to trade up with the Arizona Cardinals to obtain, unfortunately, turned out to be one of the worst in franchise history.
The pick: Johnathan Sullivan, a defensive tackle from Georgia.
A native of Griffin, Georgia, Sullivan who was the 6th-overall pick of the 2003 NFL Draft, played three years for the Saints, from 2003-2005.
The 6-foot-3, 313-pound Sullivan played in 14 games as a rookie, starting 12, while making 25 tackles, including one sack.
The 2004 season was even less kind to Sullivan, as he lost his starting job, and played in only 7 games, making only 11 tackles.
In 2005, his final year with the Saints, Sullivan played in 15 games, all as a reserve, while being limited to 20 tackles.
The Saints traded Sullivan to the New England Patriots following the 2005 season, but he never played again, and soon retired.
In 3 seasons with the Saints, Sullivan played in 36 games, including 16 as a starter, accumulating 56 total tackles, including a mere 1.5 sacks.
Those stats weren't remotely close to what the Saints expected from him when they drafted him with the 6th-overall selection in 2003.
The Saints made a solid pick in the second round in 2003, selecting Georgia offensive tackle Jon Stinchcomb, who started 80 games in 7 years, including a Pro Bowl selection in 2009, while helping the team to their first-ever Super Bowl win.
Also in 2003, the Saints selected Florida St. offensive lineman Montrae Holland, who played for years for the team, including two as a starter, in the fourth round.