New Orleans Saints are unsurprisingly “doing the most groundwork” to trade up

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Over the past few seasons, the New Orleans Saints have been no strangers to trading up in the draft, and in 2021, their strategy may be no different with several mid-round picks that they could part ways with.

It was suggested by ESPN that a possible trade up could include the team jumping seven spots to the Colts pick at No. 21. However, the details of who the Saints are looking to partner with haven’t  been released.

The New Orleans Saints have the No. 28 pick in the NFL, and for a team with a major hole at cornerback, that may not be good enough.

The only thing we know for sure is that they’re laying the “groundwork” for a potential trade.

Head coach Sean Payton recognized the need for another cornerback recently. Now, there’s no denying the team has thrown curveballs at fans before, like taking Cesar Ruiz in the first round last year.

And, with veteran Richard Sherman and other capable cornerbacks still on the market, it wouldn’t be the most surprising thing to see the team stay put and take a linebacker or receiver. But, if they trade up, it would be shocking to see them take anything other than a cornerback.

Patrick Surtain, Caleb Farley and Jaycee Horn are all being regularly being mocked ahead of the Saints pick at No. 28. They could stay where they are and try to get lucky with Asante Samuel Jr. or Greg Newsome potentially falling in the draft as well.

With the Titans at No. 22 also needing a cornerback and the Jets eyeing one and on the board after them, the Saints are clearly considering jumping them, but it may be a decision that happens within the flow of the draft as their top target may not fall outside the top-15 picks.

Farley should their top option. A big frame with ballhawk abilities, his back surgery could allow him to drop into the Saints lap at 21. That would be perfect and worth the trade up.

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For now, we just know something is in the works, and with the aggression Mickey Loomis has shown in the past, the next day or two could get very interesting.