With the 15th overall pick the Saints made some progress on the current safety issue. With the promising Kenny Vaccaro and the signing of the ex-Bronco Jim Leonhard, it seems Payton is creating some much warranted competition at the safety position to put Malcolm Jenkins on the hot seat and hopefully rid the team of the over-paid Roman Harper. Now that the safety problem has been addressed in the draft, it is now time that we turn to our more pressing needs -- OT, OLB, and DT.
The first round saw five tackles find homes (Fisher, Joeckel, Johnson, Fluker, and Pugh) which leaves the notable Menelik Watson. It's safe to assume that Watson will be drafted sometime during the second round and definitely by the Saint's third round pick. It has also become evident that (according to Sean Payton) several teams have shown interest in Chris Ivory, the most publicized being the New York Jets.
I'll keep this post short to save everyone some time -- is it a viable option to trade a potentially interested team Chris Ivory and perhaps a 3rd or 4th round pick in order to trade up for Watson? If Watson doesn't do it for you than what OT or defensive talent (if any) could you see a worthy trade-up scenario occuring? Should we leverage Ivory for a second-round draft pick, especially considering some notable pass rushing DEs still on the board? I'm thinking Tank Carradine (which could be a steal at the Jets 39th pick) or Sam Montgomery. Leave a comment and let me know what your optimal draft situation is and also be sure to take the poll.