The 2021 NFL Draft is almost upon us. The New Orleans Saints select 28th overall in the 1st round. They traded away their 3rd round pick in last year’s move for Zack Baun. Saints fans are ready to see how the team will improve, and know that Mickey Loomis and Company are not shy about being aggressive. In fact, the last time the Saints traded down was in 2007, when they moved down just 8 spots in a deal with the Detroit Lions. After that trade down almost 14 years ago, the Saints have traded up a whopping 17 times since.
There are a lot of numbers to keep in mind during this year’s draft, but here are a few of the more interesting:
9 - The total number of defensive backs selected by the New Orleans Saints since 2015.
8 - The number of offensive linemen picked by Sean Payton in the first two days of the draft.
7 - The number of draft picks the Saints have in this year’s draft after their first round selection.
6 - The number of times the Saints have traded up for a defensive lineman under Sean Payton.
5 - The number of the past years the Saints have gone offense-defense with their first two picks. If the Saints used their first pick for an offensive player, they used their second for the defense and vice-versa in each of the past four seasons.
4 - The number of draft picks traded to draft TE Adam Trautman in the 2020 NFL Draft.
3 - The number of times the Saints traded up in last year’s draft.
2 - The number of players Sean Payton has drafted out of LSU. For all of the “The Saints never draft LSU players” crowd, 2 is also the same as the number of players drafted out of Auburn, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and Clemson combined.
1 - The number of quarterbacks drafted by Sean Payton in the first two days of the draft.
0 - The number of times the Saints have traded up for a quarterback under Sean Payton. In all of the Saints trade ups, they have never been aggressive for a quarterback.
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