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Ty Anania’s Seven Round Mock Draft 2.0

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Mar 28, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton at the NFL Annual Meetings at the Biltmore Resort. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 28, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton at the NFL Annual Meetings at the Biltmore Resort. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /
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Aug 30, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis before a preseason game against the Houston Texans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 30, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis before a preseason game against the Houston Texans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports /

TRADE!

11th pick to the Cardinals for the 13th and their 4th, 5th and 6th rounders.

That’s right folks.

With the 11th pick, the Saints could look to trade back a few spots. Their positioning is ripe for it.

Consider: after the Saints at 11, the Browns pick at 12. Then the Cardinals at 13. Those are two quarterback hungry teams.

Assuming a clear hierarchy has emerged out of the draft class at quarterback, there’s very good reason to believe the Cardinals might want to leapfrog the Browns and grab their guy at 11.

At first I thought the Saints might look to trade further down the draft, somewhere in the late teens. But the viability of a trade with those teams just didn’t materialize. The next QB needy team is the Texans, but they don’t draft until 25. That’s a big drop from 11, and the Texans would need to give up a lot of assets to make it work. I don’t see that happening.

The Cardinals, on the other hand, could make this trade work relatively easily with a few late-round picks. According to this Draft Chart, the value difference from 11 to 13 is 100 points. The Cardinals 4th, 5th, and 6th round picks wouldn’t quite make up this difference, but in a deep draft class I suspect the Saints would be more than happy to agree to the trade. Especially considering they can expect both the Browns and the Cardinals to take a quarterback with their picks.

So, with the 13th pick…

Oct 8, 2016; College Station, TX, USA; Tennessee Volunteers defensive end Derek Barnett (9) and Texas A&M Aggies offensive lineman Avery Gennesy (65) in action during the game at Kyle Field. The Aggies defeat the Volunteers 45-38 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 8, 2016; College Station, TX, USA; Tennessee Volunteers defensive end Derek Barnett (9) and Texas A&M Aggies offensive lineman Avery Gennesy (65) in action during the game at Kyle Field. The Aggies defeat the Volunteers 45-38 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /

 Derek Barnett, DE

Yes, the Saints trade back and still get their guy. If they do manage to pull off this trade with the Cardinals, this is a very likely scenario. No way do the Browns grab Barnett after already adding Myles Garrett. If the Cardinals are interested in moving ahead of the Browns, this would be the move to make.

At this point, it’s not a glamorous pick. Everyone and their mothers have mocked Barnett to the Saints. But come the 2017 season I think we’d all be salivating over the potential that Barnett would bring to this defensive line. They have solid pieces at every other position, and Barnett is nothing if not solid.

He’s stout against the run and dangerous against the pass. He’s a smart, high IQ player who won’t overpursue, as we’ve seen our DEs do in the past. He has a high motor, high character, and fills the Saints biggest positional need.

Much like the Sheldon Rankins pick of 2016, there’s just no reason for the Saints to look elsewhere on this pick. Barnett is a better player than Taco Charlton and Charles Harris, who some have mocked to the Saints at 11. Both have, in some respects, a higher cieling than Barnett. But the Saints need an immediate contributor. He’s more of a sure thing than either Charlton or Harris, and he’d be a fixture on a suddenly impressive defensive line for years.

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