If the 2022 season ended right now, the New Orleans Saints' record would be bad enough for them to hold the No. 6 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft... except there's a twist.
Remember when the Saints managed to acquire an additional first-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft? Well, in doing so, they surrendered their 2023 first-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles, who now, despite sitting at 8-0, would be drafting in the Saints' spot at sixth overall.
Saints are bad enough to have a top 10 pick but can't even benefit
Holding the No. 6 overall pick could have easily netted the Saints a game-changing player who they could desperately use moving forward. It's doubtful that they'd have been able to nab one of the better quarterback prospects but they'd have likely been able to add help at another major position of need.
Unfortunately, now they'll have to wait until the second round before they can add their first player. Of course, things could change and they might be able to get a first-round pick back if Sean Payton wants to return to coaching but it won't be enough to get them back into the top 10 of the draft.
The Saints took Chris Olave and Trevor Penning with their two first-round selections and while no one regrets taking Olave, we haven't seen Penning in action yet. If he ends up playing well, maybe people aren't as mad about this. If he's bad though... ooh boy.
This is just the cherry on top of a truly dumpster fire season.