Lost Draft Pick – 1974

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Is it possible to trade your number 1 draft pick and not know it? The Lions did just that in 1974 when they traded Dave Thompson to the Saints for the Saint number one draft pick. They did not realize the deal was for Dave Thompson and their number one pick till they went to draft 13th overall and found out New Orleans had that position. It does not get much more embarrassing than this.

The Saints drafted Rick Middleton with their choice while the Lions (who were counting on two first round picks that year) drafted Ed O’Neil who  played linebacker for the Lions from 1974-1979.  To the best of our knowledge their is no relationship between the Lions Ed O’Neil and the actor Ed O’neil who played Al Bundy on Married with Children, the pride of Polk High.