The New Orleans Saints, at least for the last five years, have almost perennially drafted in the latter half of the first round. This year, the black and gold find themselves all but four picks from the very bottom.
When you are consistently getting the “drop off” first-round targets, doesn’t it make you wonder what it would be like to draft a player in the top 15? What about the top 20? The talent that resides in the first 15 picks could change the course of the Saints season.
The Saints draft at the far end of the first round. If they felt like trading up, here are three players that are worth trading up for.
For sure, though, trading up in the first round is going to cost the team capital. Even going from No. 28 up to No. 20 will cost them at least a fourth-round pick in return. With the compensatory picks the team gained this offseason, it at least makes this a possibility.
Last year, Sean Payton and the front office traded up in the third round and then traded their remaining picks to get back into the latter portion of the same round. This year, they could pull off something similar.
Here are five players that will be drafted just higher than the Saints can afford at No. 28 but that they could trade up to get.