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Saints opt for defense in SB Nation’s mock draft

Plus a trade back?

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We’re still rocking and rolling with mock draft season. This time around, it’s SB Nation, where their first round mock is the first to include a trade for the New Orleans Saints. “A trade up?” you ask. Nope. Mickey Loomis and the Saints break tradition and trade down in the 2020 NFL draft:

Miami sends pick Nos. 26 and 70 to New Orleans for pick No. 24

26. New Orleans Saints: CJ Henderson, CB, Florida

A trade for the Saints is the ideal because they have no second-round picks this year. If they miss out on Love and Eason, they could wait another year on a quarterback prospect. Instead, they could turn to the back part of the defense, where the team sorely lacks outside cornerbacks besides Marcus Lattimore. Sure, Janoris Jenkins is there, but he could be a money-saving cut.

It’s really an interesting mock draft, and one that helps net the Saints an additional pick in 2020 to only move down two spaces. However, the Saints have a notorious history for trading up under Loomis and Co.

That being said, the Saints do have a decent history when they’ve opted to trade down and acquire other picks:

2006 Round 2: traded 34th overall for 43rd overall pick (Roman Harper) and Jeff Faine.

2006 Round 4: traded 99th overall pick for 108th overall pick (Jahri Evans) and Hollis Thomas

2007: Round 2: traded 58th overall pick for 66th overall pick (Usama Young) and 145th overall pick (David Jones)

So what says you, Who Dat Nation? Would you be in favor of this pick? Do you think there’s a realistic chance of it happening? Let me know in the comments. Send me presents.