Saints 7-Round Mock Draft: Massive trade up lands shocking weapon for Derek Carr

Halfway to the Saints' first-round pick, they're faced with a situation that's almost too good to be true.
New Orleans Saints, Malik Nabers
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Going into this offseason, the New Orleans Saints were in a familiar place.

Over the cap, once again, the Saints continued to work the way they normally have in the past. It's been all about pushing their problems to future years, which to this point, has continued to work for them.

Now, with the first big wave of free agency in the rear view, it's safe to say fans are more excited for the 2024 NFL Draft than they are for any additional free agent moves the Saints could afford to make. With the no. 14 overall pick, the Saints have a ton of options.

However, in our latest mock, there was a name available at no. 7 which was far too tempting to pass up. Here's how it went.

The Saints trade up inside the top 10 to give Derek Carr one of the draft's best weapons

First Round Trade

New Orleans swaps first rounders with Tennessee, plus gives up next year's second rounder and a fifth rounder this year. It seems like a small price to pay, but in our simulation, the Titans accepted. And, boy, are the Saints getting a steal.

Malik Nabers. 529. Malik Nabers. WR. player. . Malik Nabers. . . 1

Some experts, whether or not you agree with them, have put Malik Nabers ahead of Marvin Harrison Jr. as their top rookie wide receiver in the 2024 class. The LSU product comes into the league as polished as you can be in terms of being a bonafide playmaker.

Nabers is lightning in a bottle. He's precise in his routes, knows how to get open, but also knows how to bust a play wide open after the catch. He's as good as there is after the catch and has a nose not only for the marker, but for the end zone. Nabers is the real deal, and there's a reason why some believe he could go ahead of Harrison.

However, Washington's Rome Odunze has been getting a lot of love as well. The top three wideouts in this class are receiving a good amount of praise between them, and in our simulation, both Harrison and Odunze went before Nabers. That's why, at pick no. 7, the Saints couldn't allow the fall to happen beyond that point.

Going up and getting Nabers to pair with Chris Olave, the Saints more than answered the question this offseason: who else is going to catch passes from Derek Carr? It'll be Nabers, and this offense just took a gigantic step forward.

Oh, and it doesn't hurt that Nabers gets to stick around close by, either.