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New Orleans Saints: 3 teams to look into trading up with

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - DECEMBER 29: Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints watches his team play against the Carolina Panthers during the first quarter of their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - DECEMBER 29: Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints watches his team play against the Carolina Panthers during the first quarter of their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) /
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Saints potential trade-up team: New England Patriots

Another team that could look to trade back is the New England Patriots.

While the Patriots do have holes, many mock drafts have recently mocked them adding ultra-accurate Alabama quarterback Mac Jones in the first round. They currently sit with the 15th and 46th pick, their only two in the first couple of rounds.

Just a few weeks ago, Jones was a potential target for the Saints at No. 28.

After the top tier of those quarterbacks are off the board within the first ten picks, Jones will be the best option, but he should also be available late in the first round, unlike many of the targets New Orleans may want.

For New England, trading back and potentially getting either a Day 2 future pick or another third-round pick could do the team quite a bit of good. They did something similar in last year’s draft, so they certainly have a history of trading back.

They traded back 14 spots and acquired a third-round pick, virtually what they’d do again. If it’s a second-round pick given the uptick in the value of the first-round swaps, it’d be interesting if New Orleans would still consider it.

Either way, the Patriots and Saints could make solid trade partners in the upcoming draft.

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