As a result of earlier trades, the Saints only have six draft picks this year and one of those is a compensatory pick. You'll remember that they had six picks in 2010 and only four picks in 2009, also as a result of trades. Given the success that Payton and Loomis have had by trading away draft picks for players that fill a need, it's hard to argue with their strategy. Does anyone disagree that Jonathan Vilma, Jeremy Shockey, and David Thomas have been well worth what the Saints gave up in draft picks? Each was a big contributor in our Super Bowl XLIV championship year.
I never get tired of typing that. Super Bowl XLIV Champions. Ahhh, that felt good. It still seems surreal that the Saints actually won a Lombardi Trophy.
Make the jump for a complete list of the Saints' draft positions.
- Round 1 - 24th overall pick
- Round 2 - 56th overall pick
- Round 3a - 72nd overall pick; from Washington as a result of the Jammal Brown trade
- Round 3b - 88th overall pick
- Round 4 - No pick; traded to Jacksonville during 2010 draft in exchange for 5th round selection of C Matt Tennant
- Round 5 - No pick; to Washington as a result of the Jammal Brown trade
- Round 6 - No pick; traded to New England in exchange for TE David Thomas in 2009 and now belonging to Denver
- Round 7a - 225th overall pick
Round 7b - 242nd overall pick; compensatory pick as a result of losing LB Scott Fujita to Cleveland. Dave explains it here.