Saints News, 5/6/14: Saints To Trade Up In 1st Round Of NFL Draft?

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Mike Triplett of ESPN thinks recent history suggests there is a strong possibility the Saints will trade up from their current no. 27 position. He explains why, "For one thing, the Saints have always been one of the most aggressive teams in the draft during general manager Mickey Loomis’ tenure. They’ve traded up four times in Round 1 during his 11 drafts (and they’ve done it exactly every three years, dating back to 2005, which makes them due)." Triplett thinks they'll trade up and grab one of the top-rated receivers. See a link to his article below. What do you think?

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Saints News

Mock review: Why I see Saints trading up - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
All 32 of ESPN’s team reporters got together Tuesday for our NFL Nation mock draft, where we took our best stabs at what our teams will do on Thursday night. I decided to get aggressive on behalf of the New Orleans Saints, trading up eight spots to snag Oregon State receiver Brandin Cooks.

NFC South Draft: What do the Bucs, Falcons, Panthers and Saints need? | wwltv.com New Orleans
Signing Jairus Byrd transformed the Saints’ secondary. Now, they can focus on strengthening other parts of the defense.

New Orleans Saints' draft booms | No. 2 all-time | NOLA.com
Willie Roaf and Rickey Jackson stand next to each other as best picks in Saints history.

New Orleans Saints' draft busts | No. 2 all-time | NOLA.com
2003 first-round pick Johnathan Sullivan seems like the consensus.

Receiver and lineman top offensive draft projections for New Orleans Saints | Black and Gold Today | NOLA.com
Airs daily during football season

Vargas calls the shots: With their 7 picks, Saints should take these players | Black and Gold
Under my orders, the team will first take two players to strengthen the defense: Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier and Lindenwood cornerback Pierre Desir. Then, the remaining five may boost the offense over both the short- and long-term futures: Alabama wide receiver Kevin Norwood, Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, Florida State center Bryan Stork, Purdue tackle Kevin Pamphile and Tulane wide receiver Ryan Grant.

10 prospects Saints could target in later rounds of 2014 draft | The Saints Nation

New Orleans Saints draft history: 2011 draft
Taking a look back at the 2011 draft

New Orleans Saints 2014 draft projections | CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste could be the pick in the second round | NOLA.com
Baptiste is a former wide receiver and a long, rangy corner who could learn under Champ Bailey and be a potential fit next to Keenan Lewis in the future.

Atlanta Falcons trade for top pick as New Orleans Saints take Oregon St. WR Brandin Cooks at No. 27 | Katherine Terrell's final 2014 NFL mock draft | NOLA.com
Draft starts Thursday

Ranking Saints draft needs: No. 4 OLB - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
A position-by-position look at the New Orleans Saints' draft needs, ranked in order of importance from 1-12: Current depth chart: Junior Galette, si

Ranking Saints draft needs: No. 3 C/G - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
A position-by-position look at the New Orleans Saints' draft needs, ranked in order of importance from 1-12: Current depth chart: G Jahri Evans, sign

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NFL News

Alabama hoping for a sixth straight draft with a Top 10 pick | ProFootballTalk
Pretty soon, Saban will have sent enough Alabama players to the NFL to assemble a full NFL team. A team that would probably be better than the real NFL team that Saban coached in Miami.

Aldon Smith: Eventually you will overcome your immediate problems | ProFootballTalk
Before Monday night, 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith's last tweet was sent on April 13. That was the same day that Smith was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport and it was the last time we heard anything from Smith publicly. The silent treatment has come to an end.

Jerry Jones: Quarterback is the strength of our team | ProFootballTalk
The Cowboys' first-string quarterback, Tony Romo, is rehabbing from back surgery, and their second-string quarterback, Kyle Orton, has skipped all of the team's offseason work. But Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says that the quarterback position is the strongest position on the roster.

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Video

VIDEO: Sammy Watkins: First Draft
Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins appears in the top 10 in nearly every mock draft, but why is the former Tigers wide receiver receiving high praise? Get an inside look at Watkins' path to the draft.

VIDEO: Odell Beckham Jr. - First Draft
LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. shares one of his first football moments and also discusses the current NFL wide receivers that he looks up to the most.

VIDEO: First Draft: Kelvin Benjamin
Find out what makes Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin one of the most explosive playmakers in the 2014 NFL Draft.

VIDEO: First Draft: Lamarcus Joyner
Florida State defensive back Lamarcus Joyner discusses the physicality that he brings to the field and also his purpose in life outside of football.

VIDEO: First Draft: Dee Ford
Former Auburn defensive end Dee Ford discusses which pass-rushing legends he models his game after and explains why he doesn't think he will cry when he gets drafted.

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