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Saints could make things interesting at the top of round two

We’ve mentioned a couple of times in the past day the enhanced value of the first pick in the second round of the first-ever three-day draft.  The selection, currently held by the Rams, has added value given that the Rams will be able to shop the pick throughout the day on Friday, before the second round commences on Friday night.

And a couple of you already have mentioned an intriguing possibility.  What if the Saints opt not to exercise their pick at the end of round one? 

The Saints then would have dibs on the start of the second day, if they can get their card to the podium before the Rams (or whoever acquires the pick from the Rams) does the same.

So would the Saints pull something like this?  Given that the Super Bowl win apparently has left coach Sean Payton feeling full of piss, vinegar, and Caymus Special Selection, we wouldn’t be surprised if he tries to steal the Rams’ thunder on this one.

Besides, with the league taking full advantage of the letter of the rules in expediting the vote on modified overtime, why shouldn’t Payton — who was vinegared off regarding the overtime maneuver — not take advantage of draft rules that allow a team to not make a pick during the designated time period?

Though the league might frown on the approach, it actually would create even more drama and intrigue, guaranteeing a higher audience for the early stages of the second night of the draft.

UPDATE:  Unfortunately, the league closed this loophole at the league meetings.

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39 Responses to “Saints could make things interesting at the top of round two”
  1. Jagmankane says: Mar 25, 2010 12:13 PM

    what exactly would be the point? the contract difference from 32 to 33 is nil. You think he wants the “thunder” of day two pick one? I doubt it. This “story” is a reach. At best.

  2. Tim says: Mar 25, 2010 12:14 PM

    If the Saints don’t exercise their pick, wouldn’t they fall back 2 spots, and thus not have the 1st pick on Friday?

  3. shoe says: Mar 25, 2010 12:15 PM

    Will take Tebow to learn from Brees…..

  4. dabarber says: Mar 25, 2010 12:15 PM

    They will change the rule to make any picks not made on Day 1 expire at the end of Day 1. (same for Day 2)
    Bank on it.

  5. birdmancometh says: Mar 25, 2010 12:17 PM

    Sounds risky and messy.

  6. Asswipe Johnson (Pronounced Az-Wee-Pay) says: Mar 25, 2010 12:20 PM

    Yes and the following day we can all watch Devery Henderson and Donnie Avery race each of their teams picks to the podium…to see who picks first.

  7. leatherneck says: Mar 25, 2010 12:23 PM

    Why don’t the Saints just say they make the 32nd pick in the draft five minutes before the Rams are on the clock in round 2? That way the Saints would have an additional 24+ hours to consider their selection, make deals, etc.

  8. seventy7 says: Mar 25, 2010 12:25 PM

    I hate this type of “what if” story
    “what if” my Aunt had balls…she would be my Uncle.
    This is a dumb story

  9. eballa1 says: Mar 25, 2010 12:26 PM

    That would be awesome! The Saints would technically be able to make the pick anytime during the night or the next day, before the Rams go on the clock. I wonder if ESPN and the NFL Network would keep the draft coverage going if the Saints hold the pick. This could be an ongoing story on the Friday.

  10. imaphillyguy says: Mar 25, 2010 12:26 PM

    I don’t see this “strategy” working….
    Essentially, the first round isn’t “officially” over until every pick is made. So if the Saints were stupid enough to let the time elapse without a pick, every team after them could keep making picks until the Saints submitted the 32nd choice.
    NO team would be idiotic enough to risk the embarrassment of passing up on a needed player just to make a pissy point…

  11. robothero says: Mar 25, 2010 12:29 PM

    Technically, any team could make it interesting at the top of round two.

  12. CapsLockKey says: Mar 25, 2010 12:29 PM

    This has about as much chance of happening as Parcells skipping the #1 overall pick a few years ago that was “rumored” might happen.

  13. FriarBob says: Mar 25, 2010 12:32 PM

    Payton’s got the balls to pull it. But it’s not Payton who’d make the call. It’s Loomis. And while he’s a pretty confident so-and-so as well, I’m not quite sure he’d do it.

  14. just_a_cigar says: Mar 25, 2010 12:33 PM

    This site has been reaching quite a bit as of late, but this one is really pushing it.
    I mean, really, what would be the point?
    I wish I hadn’t even taken the time to respond. In fact, if I didn’t enjoy seeing my own typed words on a computer screen so much, I would probably just reconsider this post and exit without hitting the “submit” button.
    However, since you didn’t think twice about posting something so meaningless, I won’t either.
    In all seriousness, Reggie Bush must be insane. Or homosexual. No, I’m not going to lay down the Seinfeld quote, because it’s just getting old.
    I’m done now.

  15. Jeff says: Mar 25, 2010 12:34 PM

    Better title for this article:
    “Florio Cries About the Saints”

  16. BBB82 says: Mar 25, 2010 12:35 PM

    We hear this BS every year. Seriously, no one is going to let the clock expire on purpose. Just get past it and move on with your life.

  17. drumbug71 says: Mar 25, 2010 12:35 PM

    That would definitely be interesting. I think a team that’s already a contender would be better off moving down in the draft, shopping their picks for more later picks, to get the most out of the draft. But, not every team builds through the draft, I guess.

  18. tombrookshire says: Mar 25, 2010 12:35 PM

    Besides thunder stealing, what possible advantage could it have. They have been waiting all off season to make this pick, why wouldn’t they be ready at the end of the round?

  19. 4evrnyt says: Mar 25, 2010 12:35 PM

    Wait, am I to understand that the Saints would hold off until the top of the second round to make their pick simply because they want to add to the drama of the draft?
    In what way does this make sense?

  20. breesbush0925 says: Mar 25, 2010 12:36 PM

    Why does Florio hate the Saints so much. Either way, Payton is by far one of the best coaches in the smartest coaches in the league and may do this in order to get more draft picks. I hope Florio loses sleep at night knowing that Reggie Bush and Sean Payton are world champions.

  21. Saints#12 says: Mar 25, 2010 12:36 PM

    What heck are talking about? Sounds like you pissed off at my coach here?

  22. illspaz says: Mar 25, 2010 12:36 PM

    what are the rules regarding passing and then trading the pick you just passed on? if the saints did that, would the team that acquired the pick have the same rights as the saints in terms of using that pick whenever they want?

  23. Steeltown says: Mar 25, 2010 12:38 PM

    This is a non story, why would they do that. If they pick last on day 1 or first in day 2. Plus dont the rams have the right to put their card in if the time expires. With the splitting up of days i guess it would be hard for that. This can only benefit them by giving them extra time over night to trade the pick but with letting time expire i think they would lose that right. Report a real story florio

  24. schilly says: Mar 25, 2010 12:40 PM

    Why in the heck would the Saints risk having the Rams “beat them to the podium”? You can tell it is the “offseason”

  25. MNRunLeft says: Mar 25, 2010 12:46 PM

    I don’t see the value in the move, are the Saints going to have an employee camp out by the podium all night to ensure the Rams don’t beat them up there?

  26. Pervy Harvin says: Mar 25, 2010 12:47 PM

    Skirting NFL rules(see Jabari Greer injury report after surgery) , manipulating press privileges as punitive measures, and being a common jackass. Sean Payton stands for everything a coach shouldn’t be. Bet you are right Mike,he will pull some bs.

  27. Jeff says: Mar 25, 2010 1:01 PM

    Pervy Harvin says:
    March 25, 2010 12:47 PM
    Skirting NFL rules(see Jabari Greer injury report after surgery) , manipulating press privileges as punitive measures, and being a common jackass. Sean Payton stands for everything a coach shouldn’t be. Bet you are right Mike,he will pull some bs.
    ________________________________
    I guess this is your roundabout way of whining some more about the NFC Championship Game. Don’t you have anything better to do than to troll the Saints post and then complain about them?

  28. realitypolice says: Mar 25, 2010 1:02 PM

    UPDATE: Unfortunately, the league closed this loophole at the league meetings.
    ==================
    Hilarious. Thank God you didn’t actually bother to call anyone and check on this, or do any type of research, or other real journalist type stuff before you printed the article. It’s much more fun to just throw the idea out there and let PFT nation go wild.
    Oh, to live a life without accountability. Must be nice Florio, must be nice.

  29. Mark0226 says: Mar 25, 2010 1:13 PM

    What’s with your piss and vinegar towards Sean Payton? You’d think a guy who devotes his life to scouring the Internet looking for football stories to re-post would know a thing or two about football and perhaps, just perhaps would know that Micky Loomis is the GM of the Saints, not Sean Payton.
    And, it wouldn’t hurt to check your facts BEFORE posting an asinine what if theory.

  30. artielange says: Mar 25, 2010 1:14 PM

    Pervy Harvin says:
    March 25, 2010 12:47 PM
    Skirting NFL rules(see Jabari Greer injury report after surgery) , manipulating press privileges as punitive measures, and being a common jackass. Sean Payton stands for everything a coach shouldn’t be. Bet you are right Mike,he will pull some bs.
    —————————————————-
    …and deep down you know you’d rather have him as the Vikings head coach, instead of the creepy, cross-dressing NAMBLA member you have now.
    By the way Florio, this story is gayer than your pick of Green Day for the SB halftime show. When you eventually end up being a former “sportswriter” in addition to a former lawyer, you can always get a job writing soap operas. You have a knack for fabricating overly-dramatic storylines that only a fat housewife could love.

  31. pacstud says: Mar 25, 2010 1:26 PM

    What’s worse:
    Florio’s continued whining about his man-crush Favre losing to the Saints, and all that is connected to it.
    My continued posting on Florio’s toilet-paperesque blogs.

  32. BruceLeroy says: Mar 25, 2010 1:36 PM

    This must be the absolute worst article I have ever read…Thanks for rotting my brain Florio

  33. Thorpie says: Mar 25, 2010 1:40 PM

    You’re right Pervy….no coach, other than Payton, has EVER tried to manipulate a rule to benefit their team. Bitch, please. I can’t believe you are STILL showing up and whining on Saints posts. Get over it, you’re just embarassing yourself at this point.
    By the way…say what you want about Payton, but he can count to 11 and he has hoisted the Lombardi Trophy – You’re coach failed at both of these points.

  34. Pervy Harvin says: Mar 25, 2010 2:12 PM

    Yah…you guys are right. We should all just bow down to the World Champion Saints and their coach Squirrel Boy. Like you guys even want to see the Mighty Vikings opening game. Just remember,you are paper champions if we crush you!

  35. Mark0226 says: Mar 25, 2010 3:38 PM

    Paper Champions? The trophy case at the Saints’ facility has more hardware than at the Vikings’ HQ.

  36. Saints#12 says: Mar 25, 2010 4:07 PM

    Pervy Harvin says:
    March 25, 2010 12:47 PM
    Skirting NFL rules(see Jabari Greer injury report after surgery) , manipulating press privileges as punitive measures, and being a common jackass. Sean Payton stands for everything a coach shouldn’t be. Bet you are right Mike,he will pull some bs.
    @Pervy Harvin says: raise your hand before you talk about a Super Bowl Champion Coach..
    atleast Sean P. didnt bring in a 40 yr old QB,to get his contract extension.:-).jackass? LMAO, Sean Payton will go in the HOF when his time is done!!!!SP.is the BEST coach in the NFL right now. just aying

  37. NOwillrepeat says: Mar 25, 2010 6:37 PM

    Guys, dont let Pervy get to you. He is just a bitter, jealous, troll who goes on rivals boards to get a rouse.
    No matter what he says, nothing can take away from the fact that we are the Champions of the World. Period.
    Pervy can whine, cry, and sh!t talk till the cows come home, however, nothing he says will change the fact that history will remember us and not them. And it should make all Saints fans smile that this fact eats at his very existence, as he spends all day in his mothers basement on this site spewing hate.
    He is an embarrassment to himself and all Viqueen fans.

  38. Pervy Harvin says: Mar 26, 2010 12:17 PM

    NOwillrepeat says: He is an embarrassment to himself and all Viqueen fans.
    ————————————————–
    LMAO How does it feel ? To write an essay on me? I must really have you guys by thy marbles!

  39. NOwillrepeat says: Mar 26, 2010 3:13 PM

    Um, how does it feel? I not really sure how to answer that. But you are an aggravating little sh!t that needs to figure out a better way to spend their time

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