If you’re not a fan of Game of Thrones, you’ll miss a few things in this article. But I’ll be keeping that in mind and I’ll keep the mentions on the light side. Sending a raven is like an old school text message by the way. If you are a Game of Thrones fan, I’ll put in a plug for one of our sister sites, WinterIsComing.net, where you can keep up to date on all things Game of Thrones. But this all ties together because the first episode of the final season of Game of Thrones premiered on HBO last night and Cameron Jordan and former Saints defensive tackle Akiem Hicks were having a Twitter battle to rival the “Battle of the Bastards”.
Saints fans probably are a little familiar with Akiem Hicks as a defensive tackle for the Chicago Bears. Actually, a pretty good defensive tackle for the Bears. What many may not know is that he actually played for the Saints for a brief period of time and was actually drafted by them.
For those thinking the 2019 NFL Draft is going to be bad for the Saints having to wait until pick 62 and then all the way to 168, the 2012 NFL Draft may have been worse. In fact, 2012 was, without a doubt, the worst season of the Sean Payton era because he wasn’t a part of it.
That was the year that Sean Payton was suspended by the NFL because of Bountygate and he wasn’t allowed to have any communication with the team. In the draft that year, the Saints didn’t have a first-round pick because they had traded it and 2011’s second-round pick to move up in the first round in 2011 for Mark Ingram. The Saints had also lost their second-round picks in 2012 and 2013 as part of their Bountygate punishment.
The 2012 NFL Draft for the Saints ended up being the worst of the Sean Payton era. Akiem Hicks, believe it or not, was the bright spot. After him, the team selected wide receiver Nick Toon, cornerback Corey White, guard Andrew Tiller and tackle Marcel Jones. To top things off, the team had hired Steve Spagnuolo to be their defensive coordinator. That may have led to some players not getting where they could be with better coaching.