Report: Saints “doing the most groundwork” for trade up in first round

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During a press conference on Wednesday, Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis said that he doesn’t think that the team has a lot of holes to fill and that he thinks it is “hard to envision a rookie coming in and displacing” players already on the roster at many positions.

As a result, Loomis said the quality of the players they pick is a bigger priority for the team than the quantity of players they add in the next few days. Taking all of the comments together, it would seem to make the Saints a team willing to trade up to make sure they get the guy they want.

Chatter to that effect has gone on this week and Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Saints are “doing the most groundwork” when it comes to exploring ways to move up the board. He adds that they’ve spoken to teams in the top 10 and making that kind of jump from No. 28 would mean moving a good deal of capital.

If they do move up, a cornerback may be the reason. Head coach Sean Payton called that a position the Saints have to address before the season and players like Patrick Surtain II, Jaycee Horn, and Caleb Farley could be targets for New Orleans on Thursday night.

7 responses to “Report: Saints “doing the most groundwork” for trade up in first round

  1. lol Saints. The queens of maxing salary cap, bad contracts. Sure go ahead and give up future first round picks too. Fellow NFC south fans wouldn’t complain seeing them in 10yr purgatory

  2. Loomis and Peyton are lying to themselves thinking they don’t need a QB. The Patriots were just fine with Cam this time last year and Colts GM Chris Ballard said his team had a “franchise” QB in Brissett a couple years ago. But guess what? Both found out they were in DIRE need of a true QB1, Saints are about to find out the same thing as neither Winston nor Hill are true starting “franchise” QBs.

  3. The Saints are aging and their QB situation is pedestrian at best. Loomis seems out of touch and Payton seems to want to hang onto the older players. They need some young blood now., get rid of the oft injured players who are sucking up all the cap space.

  4. QB situation is better then anything in the draft. CB is a real issue especially with all of the talent in NFC South. They really only need 4 picks and they would be good. CB, LB, TE, DT

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