Saints Trade up Once Again to Select their Second Player in the Draft

Adam Forsythe / April 27, 2019

On Friday night, the New Orleans Saints made their first selection in the 2019 NFL Draft. The team traded up and selected one of the top centers in the draft in Texas A&M’s Erik McCoy. As a part of that trade, the Saints also gained the 116th overall pick in the fourth round.

On Saturday morning, the team decided that they were not finished making trades as they traded the 116th overall pick as well as their fifth-round pick (No. 168) to the New York Jets for their fourth-round selection (No. 105).

With that pick, the Saints elected to pick one of the top defensive backs in the draft, safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson. The Florida product was consistently given a 2nd-round grade by many draft analysts, yet, he fell down to the fourth round.

Gardner-Johnson was truly a steal for the Saints in the fourth round and his production at the collegiate level was phenomenal. Through his three years at Florida, he caught nine interceptions, returned three of those for touchdowns, recorded four sacks, and made 161 total tackles including 15.5 tackles for loss.

The former Florida Gator provides the Saints with a versatile addition to their defensive secondary. Gardner-Johnson joins Marcus Williams and Vonn Bell to create a dynamic trio of young safeties. He should provide instant production for the black and gold.

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Saints had a much higher grade on Erik McCoy

Chris Nalls/April 27, 2019

The New Orleans Saints were in need of a center after the retirement of Max Unger came in the offseason. The Saints signed center Nick Easton from the Minnesota Vikings who possesses versatility as a center and can play guard if need be but the Saints wanted more depth at that position.

In Fridays round two of the NFL draft, the Saints made their first selection and got their center in former Texas A&M offensive lineman Erik McCoy.

“I think specifically, we probably had a real early two on him. But yes, we were pretty confident that he wasn’t going to be available if we stood pat” said Payton. Saints made a trade with the Miami Dolphins to move up from 62 to 48 to select McCoy.

The overall trade details that allowed the Saints to select McCoy, included moving up from 62 to 48th overall and the 116th pick from Miami and the Dolphins receiving the 62nd pick (which was dealt to the Arizona Cardinals in the Josh Rosen trade), 202nd pick, and a 2020 second round pick from New Orleans.

Overall the Saints got what they wanted and still have more picks in this year’s draft which is turning out to be some talented players falling in the later rounds. Will, the next Saints pick be a wide receiver next?

 

 

 

Saints Trade up to Select one of their Favorite Players in the 2019 Draft Class

Adam Forsythe / April 26, 2019

When Max Unger suddenly announced his retirement this offseason, center quickly became a position of need for the New Orleans Saints. The team signed former Minnesota Vikings’ center/guard Nick Easton soon after learning about Unger’s decision. However, the Saints still had their eyes on an intriguing prospect in the 2019 NFL draft class.

Former Texas A&M center Erik McCoy was one of the highest regarded rookies in this year’s class, especially by the Saints. With their first pick being at 62nd overall near the end of the second round, the team knew they would likely need to trade up in order to select McCoy, and that’s exactly what they did.

The Saints traded the 62nd overall pick, a 6th-round pick this year (No. 202), and their 2020 2nd-round selection to the Miami Dolphins for the 48th overall pick and a fourth-round pick (No. 116), and with that 48th overall pick, the Saints selected their guy, Erik McCoy.

McCoy may not have been the flashy pick that many fans were expecting, but he was a smart decision. McCoy only allowed one sack in 1,528 career pass-blocking snaps over three years at Texas A&M. That seems like the exact type of player that the Saints want to protect aging quarterback Drew Brees.

McCoy and Easton are likely to compete in a battle for the starting center position during training camp. However, I believe McCoy will win that battle and become the team’s starting center while Easton becomes a versatile depth player similar to the way that the Saints used Senio Kelemete during his time with the team.

Although it cost the Saints a future second-round pick to select McCoy, I believe this was a phenomenal selection for the Who Dat Nation.

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Saints’ GM Mickey Loomis Gives his Opinion on the Depth of the 2019 draft class

Adam Forsythe / April 25, 2019

When the New Orleans Saints traded with the Green Bay Packers to move up in last year’s draft and select defensive end Marcus Davenport, it cost them their 2019 first-round selection. As it stands right now, the Saints’ first pick this year will be in the second round at pick number 62.

If they stay put in the second round, this will be the latest, first pick for the Saints since 2012 when they selected defensive end Akiem Hicks in the third round. Despite this late selection, Saints’ General Manager Mickey Loomis is not worried about the talent they could find at pick 62.

“I think our view is it’s a fairly deep draft and we’re pretty confident that we’re going to get a good player at 62,” said Loomis.

Defensive line and wide receiver are arguably the positions which have the deepest depth across the board, and just so happen to be two positions that the Saints could look to add players through the draft.

The team added defensive linemen Mario Edwards Jr. and Malcolm Brown via free agency, yet they could still be on the lookout for talented rookies to add to the roster. The Saints are also likely looking for another wide receiver to pair with their young superstar Michael Thomas.

Of course, a trade to move up in the draft is always in the cards for the Saints. They’ve shown over previous years that they aren’t afraid to make a move for a player that they really like. It should truly be an interesting draft for the Who Dat Nation.

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GM Mickey Loomis on what Thursday could be like for Saints

With the NFL draft starting on Thursday, the New Orleans Saints will only have six picks in this year’s draft.

With the first selection not until pick 62 of the second round, GM Mickey Loomis could try and get creative on the first night of the draft and make a move and trade into the first round if he chooses to do so.

“I don’t know. Listen, we’ll be watching I guess, but look, we’ll be on the phones working the draft and managing the process” said Loomis.

Last year the Saints made a trade with the Green Bay Packers moving up from the 27th overall pick to number 14 overall, to grab pass rusher Marcus Davenport. The deal also included a fifth rounder in the 2018 draft and this year’s first-round pick.

Loomis is not afraid to make a move, and if the Saints fell in love with a player at the combine, that somehow has slipped in the first round, they could try and pull off a trade to grab their guy. So while the Saints will be watching the draft live. All it takes is the right deal, and the right call to make a shift in this year’s selection for the Saints.

We will find out Thursday night precisely what the Saint’s plans are. Whatever Loomis and Saints decide to do it should be an exciting three days.