While no details have quite been confirmed yet, the New Orleans Saints may consider trading up in the 2021 NFL Draft.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport noted that the team is “weighing” a potential trade. It would make sense to get ahead of the Titans at No. 22. Even the Jets at No. 23 could use a cornerback, the positional group the Saints would be expected to target if they move up.
The Colts, as ESPN proposed a few days ago, would make a perfect trade partner. They are currently sitting at No. 21, and with a complete roster, it may make sense to get more picks instead of a more-valued prospect.
The New Orleans Saints currently have the No. 28 pick in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, but that may not be good enough to their desired prospect.
As New Orleans is good at, they may just push the consequences of trading up into the future, at least that should be the thought process as their second-round pick wouldn’t carry too much trade value.
Ending with a 12-4 record, the Saints are at the tail-end of the draft. The Saints also have a couple of third-round picks.
That said, moving up at least seven spots is no easy task, and given their potential target, the Saints may not end up moving up at all. Farley has been mocked as both a top-ten pick and a bottom-ten pick.
Given his offseason back surgery, he could truly end up anywhere in that range. It’s a tough call for Mickey Loomis, and one that will likely be made during draft night, not before. Other cornerbacks like Patrick Surtain and Jaycee Horn may also be off the board.
After the first six or seven picks, the NFL Draft could get crazy, especially with the amount of talent across a plethora of positions that will be available at the tail end of the first round and into the second round.
The Saints could trade up and take a linebacker as well, even though that would be a surprise given their lack of talent on the defensive edge. At the end of the day, regardless of if they trade up or not, it’s going to be an interesting few hours for the Saints on Thursday night.