New Orleans Saints: Here’s why there’s no chance Joe Burrow is a Saint
The many, many reasons
First, it’s too far to go.
Moving from the top 10 or 12 spots in the draft order to number one is possible. With some draft capital (other picks, trade-able players) that can be done. Once you pass the 12 spot in the draft order, it gets exceedingly difficult because what you have to move gets to be too much.
Second, there is almost an entire league of teams that need QB’s in front of you. Beyond Cincinnati, there are a host of teams looking at the QB spot. Miami, the Chargers, and Carolina all have top 10 draft spots and will be looking at quarterbacks.
For that matter, there are several other teams that may not have been looking at a quarterback but might not pass up Burrow if he were available.
Washington has Burrow’s former teammate at Ohio State Dwayne Haskins on the roster. The book is still open on him and his future, but it might be too tempting to pass up the guy who just put up numbers no one in college football ever has.
Detroit is right behind Washington.
Matthew Stafford missed much of this season with an injury. He is in the prime years of his career, only turning 32 next month. But with a back injury and a team that hasn’t been to the playoffs in three seasons, they could opt to pay less money for Burrow.
And those are only the top ten teams.
That doesn’t mention teams like the Raiders, Tampa Bay, and Indianapolis who would all take Burrow happily. The point here is that with a number 24 pick, it doesn’t benefit Cincinnati to trade picks with the Saints. Other teams can trade better spots with them.