A trade-back deal the New Orleans Saints should consider
The New Orleans Saints have the No. 28 pick in the upcoming NFL draft. They also have a second-round pick and two third-round picks that will undoubtedly be used to bolster their roster, one that was gutted this offseason.
The team released players like Kwon Alexander, Nick Easton, Janoris Jenkins, and Emmanuel Sanders. They then watched Sheldon Rankins and Trey Hendrickson leave in free agency. They lost talent at almost every position, especially considering Drew Brees announced his retirement.
With all the holes in their roster after free agency, the New Orleans Saints should trade back in the draft, and they could consider this deal.
Drafttek.com put together a value system that is pretty intriguing. It ranks each pick and gives it a value. The Saints’ first-round pick is given a 660. The Jacksonville Jaguars first-overall pick is sitting pretty at 3,000. New Orleans second-round pick (No. 60 overall) is given a 300.
Looking at this chart, what should the Saints offer?
The Saints should offer the Bengals the No. 28 pick and the No. 105 pick for the 38 and 69. That would then give the Saints three top-70 picks. They could then also use that No. 38 pick to take a player like Jaycee Horn, who may barely not be first-round worthy.
If the Saints do that, they could then use that earlier third-round pick for a player like defensive end Gregory Rousseau or defensive tackle Payton Turner. With the No. 28 pick and then the No. 60 pick, we can clearly see the Saints typically draft late in the round.
Getting a high third-round pick should be worthy of trading back a few spots in an earlier round.
Now, if the Saints do have an eye on a specific prospect or a player like Caleb Farley falls it wouldn’t be shocking to see them stick it out or even move up. The team has a history of moving up as well.
As mentioned earlier, New Orleans just has too many holes. While they kept the crux of their roster together, they must add talent, and they need to do it with multiple valuable picks.