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FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 24: Cornerback Malcolm Butler #21 of the New England Patriots has an Interception against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 24: Cornerback Malcolm Butler #21 of the New England Patriots has an Interception against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images) /
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Brayden Hall, @BraydenHall7 on Twitter asks,

Q: curious about the chances that Gareon Conley will be there at 32, and about how close New Orleans is to acquiring Butler.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MARCH 06: Defensive back Gareon Conley of Ohio State in action during day six of the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 6, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MARCH 06: Defensive back Gareon Conley of Ohio State in action during day six of the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 6, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

A: For those who don’t know who Gareon Conley is, he was a former cornerback for Ohio State.  The corner is now projected somewhere in the first round, but the question remains is where will he go. In my opinion Brayden, with the injury to Washington’s corner Sidney Jones, teams will ultimately be forced to make a high run of cornerbacks early in the draft. Unfortunately that would include Ohio State’s, Gareon Conley, but it would also include a few other names as well.

Cornerbacks such as Ohio State’s Marshon Lattimore, LSU’s Tre’Davious White, Alabama’s Marlon Humprey, Washington’s Kevin King, and UCLA’s Fabian Moreau are just a few names I can think of right now that will be sought out at least in the first round. To answer the first part of your question, although there will still be a high run of cornerbacks in my opinion, Conley should be there when the Saints pick at 32.

FOXBORO, MA – DECEMBER 24: Cornerback Malcolm Butler #21 of the New England Patriots has an Interception against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA – DECEMBER 24: Cornerback Malcolm Butler #21 of the New England Patriots has an Interception against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images) /

Now onto the Butler discussion. The assumption is at this point, a deal will be done eventually, and compensation will most likely be worked out before the 2017 NFL Draft with the Patriots. Unfortunately, I’m not a direct part of the New Orleans Saints so I can’t physically tell you how close the Saints are to acquiring Butler, but I can tell you some speculation, I’ve heard the past few days.

There has been some speculation as to what Butler will receive, and what the Saints will have to give up as compensation. Some have said Butler would command a deal around 3 years, and roughly around 34- 40 million dollars, but those are just ideas at this point. Others have said that they hope the Saints personally don’t give up the teams 11th selection. Hopefully these ideas, speculation gets the mind juices flowing.

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