The New Orleans Saints should trade up with the Miami Dolphins
The New Orleans Saints, over the last few seasons, have drafted in the tail end of the first round.
That’ll happen yet again as they’re slated to draft No. 28 after a 12-4 finish. While they won the NFC South for a division-record fourth straight time, the Saints will struggle to repeat that success as future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees announced his retirement.
The New Orleans Saints have the No. 28 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, and they should be looking to trade up a few spots. The Dolphins make perfect sense.
After shedding over nine figures in cap space, the Saints have managed to retain most of their important personnel. They franchise tagged Marcus Williams and re-signed Jameis Winston. But, in that fiasco, they released Janoris Jenkins, Nick Easton, and Kwon Alexander.
Along with losing out on defensive end Trey Hendrickson, this team will have a plethora of holes to fill. A few of those holes may be drastically more important than others with cornerback being among the most crucial.
That said, while cornerback is relatively deep in the upcoming draft, the Saints should want to trade up, and the Miami Dolphins should be the premier target for them. Why? Well, it’s for a couple of reasons. For starters, the Dolphins are prone to making deals.
Trading has been common practice for Miami. On top of that, the Dolphins could use a few more picks. In order to trade up ten spots, the Saints could give a first-round pick, a third-round pick, and a fourth-round pick.
It sounds like quite a bit, but if they’re certain that Caleb Farley, who will be ready for training camp, is their guy (or any other top-tier players at a position of need), then they should go out and make this trade.
The Dolphins have two draft picks in the third-through-fifth round. The Saints have two alone in the third and also a fourth-round pick. With more skilled players at various positions, the Saints don’t necessarily need those picks as much as Miami may.
The Saints need skill at just a few spots, and moving up to secure an asset that they think will be a long-term winner is worth it.
Miami has the top-tier picks, so they’ll get their guy at No. 6. 18 makes sense to keep, but adding more selections to bolster their depth also should be considered if the Saints are wanting to give up enough to slide up almost a dozen spots.