If we’re talking about trading up in the draft, the New Orleans Saints are a team that loves to put themselves in that conversation. New Orleans has been a very aggressive team when it comes to trading picks in recent years.
In 2016, they traded away a 3rd rounder and a 4th rounder to move up into the 2nd and get Vonn Bell. In 2017, they parted ways with a 2018 2nd rounder to move up in the 3rd round and select Alvin Kamara. And, in 2018 they gave up a two first round picks to move up and acquire Marcus Davenport.
Last year was their first draft since 2012 in which they did not move up or down to acquire a pick in the first three rounds. This year presents an interesting challenge for the Saints. They have their first round pick this year, but not their second. From the 3rd round to the 6th they will have their pick, but not their 7th round pick.
Recouping the second rounder will be an interesting development to see play out, if the Saints choose to try and do so. Realistically, they can go about this two different ways. One being trading down from their spot in the first round, picking up a second and an additional pick. Or they could move up from the 3rd round by trading the 88th pick and attaching a future high end pick.
Maybe they want to go for it all and trade for a high first round pick at the expense of the other picks in this draft and the future.
In this article, we’re going to give a few scenarios in which the Saints can trade up, and who they can target with the move. Using the draft value chart, we’ll try to come up with some trade ideas that work for both teams, and deep dive into how it will affect the Saints going into 2020 and beyond.