New Orleans Could Move as High as the Top 10

Dec 25, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton talks to his players in the second half against the Minnesota Vikings at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints have reportedly made the most groundwork to move up in the draft. Some outlets are saying this rumored trade could move them up into the top 10 of the draft.

Obviously, a trade of this magnitude would cost the Saints a lot of draft capital. They currently sit at No. 28 and moving up 18 spots is a massive leap in the first round. That said, there are interesting prospects for the Saints to consider this high.

New Orleans feels like a half-completed team right now. They have one great wide receiver, one great pass rusher, one great cornerback, the list goes on. However, they don’t really have a great complement to any of these players.

If the Saints managed to somehow move into the top 10, first of all, they have to nail the pick. Second, there are a lot of options to fill any of these spots as well as some great storylines. Jamarr Chase and Michael Thomas would be a ridiculous duo at wide receiver, and Chase played his college ball right down the road at LSU. Devonta Smith is also an interesting prospect with his similarities to Michael Thomas. Of course, there’s the dynamic Jaylen Waddle too who Sean Payton would have a ton of fun drawing up plays for.

That only covers the wide receiver position, though. At cornerback they could take Patrick Surtain, or perhaps they take Jaycee Horn; the son of legendary Saint, Joe Horn. The Saints have been connected to Caleb Farley if they stay put at 28, but with the injury concerns, they may not deem that pick worth the risk. Drafting Jaycee Horn fulfills a feel-good story and adds a very talented CB to the roster.

The New Orleans Saints are one of the most unpredictable teams when it comes to draft night. They have been a bit quiet over the past few years due to a lack of picks, but they now have eight selections to work with this weekend. It would be very Saints-esque to package a few of these into an aggressive move whether that be on day one or day two.