By memory, after leaving the saints Sedrick Hodge was signed by the dolphins, were he did the same as with the saints: nothing. Courtney Watson was traded to New England for a tight end (Euhus?) and was released almost immediately.
Watson was a shame. He showed a lot of promise his rookie year, don't know what quite happened after that.
There were rumors of weight issues, drug and alcohol abuse, motivation.
I still say a lot of our troubles with young guys not developing was Jim Haslett and his groupe of coaches. I can't remember one significant player that was drafted (minus Deuce) that actually lived up or developed into a good player.
I mean there were too many players that just never deveoped; Michael Hawthorne, Sedrick Hodge, Kenny Smith, Onome Ojo, James Allen, Keyou Craver, Mel Mitchel, Johathan Sullivan, Cie Grant, Courtney Watson, Alfred Fincher, Adrian McPherson. The only real late round pick of Hasletts team that exceeded expectations was Mike Karney (they did know how to pick FB's).
You look how long that list is of players that just didn't pan out compared to the players that actually did. Even then most of the "good" picks only happened in the early rounds. I still believe, had guys like Watson, James Allen, Sedrick Hodge, Mel Mitchel, etc been drafted by a team like New England things may have been different for them.
Just like Sullivan went to New England. Thats not what I am saying. The first 2-3 years of a players career are the most important. You teach them the wrong way, you show them the wrong things, you give them the wrong attitude and you've lost them forever. I just think Haslett and Co. just didn't understand how to develop talent, and it showed in their draft production. I honestly attribute it more to the coaching staff than I do to the scouting department.