The New Orleans Saints made a surprising selection with the No. 24 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft on Thursday. Now with Day 2 of the NFL Draft just hours away, the Saints could be looking to make an even more surprising move to shake up the NFL Draft.
MMQB’s Albert Breer reported on Friday that the Saints are calling around the league to see if any teams near the top of the second round are willing to trade out. While there are a few teams looking to move up in the second round, including the Denver Broncos, the Saints are particularly notable given they don’t have a second-round pick this year.
The Saints have shown a willingness to move future picks in recent years. In 2017, they traded a 2018 second-round pick to jump into the third round to take Alvin Kamara. During the 2018 NFL Draft, the Saints traded their 2019 first-round pick to the Green Bay Packers to jump up from No. 27 to No. 14 overall and they selected Marcus Davenport.
Given the team’s top 2020 pick is in the third round, New Orleans might have to be willing to trade their 2021 first-round pick if they want to acquire a top-40 selection this year.
There is some incredible talent still available heading into Day 2 of the NFL Draft, including at wide receiver and in the secondary. If the Saints have a first-round grade and find a team willing to make a deal with them for future picks, it wouldn’t be a surprise if we see a big trade on Friday.