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3 Teams the Saints Can Trade Up With in First Round

Max Staley
Three teams the New Orleans Saints can trade up with in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Three teams the New Orleans Saints can trade up with in the 2021 NFL Draft. / Sean Gardner/Getty Images

Holding the No. 28 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints are rumored to be eyeing a trade. The organization is reportedly targeting some cornerback help, and has been consistently linked to Virginia Tech cornerback Caleb Farley.

Though Farley's draft stock is as volatile as it gets, it doesn't seem like Farley, or another similarly talented CB, will be there at No. 28. With that in mind, here are three teams the Saints should try to trade up with.

Saints Trade Rumors

3. Detroit Lions

Ian Rapoport reported that the Saints have made calls into the top 10. Of that group, the Detroit Lions, who have holes all over the roster, seem like the most logical trade partner. While New Orleans would have to move heaven and earth to get from No. 28 to No. 7, crazier things have happened. With the run on QBs likely to happen in the top five, New Orleans should have its pick of position players if it moves up to No. 7.

2. Indianapolis Colts

Aside from left tackle, the Indianapolis Colts don't have many glaring holes on their roster. And there are plenty of talented tackles Indianapolis can land who are projected to go near the end of the first or top of the second round. Moving up to No. 21 would allow the Saints to go get their guy, while giving the Colts a chance to recoup some of the assets they gave away in the Carson Wentz trade. Plus, few general managers do a better job of accumulating value and assets than Chris Ballard. Taking advantage of a desperate team by trading down feels like something he'd do.

1. New England Patriots

No one trades down more than Bill Belichick. While his New England Patriots have been rumored to be interested in trading up, it wouldn't be a shock to see Belichick accumulate some assets by moving down if they can't orchestrate a deal for a top QB. And if they land a veteran like Jimmy Garoppolo instead, they could recoup some mid-round picks by moving down in the first. Trading down while the whole world expects a trade up would be a very Belichick thing to do.

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