3. New Orleans Saints (Pick 27)
The Saints really need to add a quality backup behind Drew Brees. In free agency, the team did add a backup option. Well, that might be a bit generous. They signed Tom Savage to a deal. While Savage wasn’t awful as a backup, the Saints need someone with long term upside behind the 39-year-old Brees. But, they won’t be in position to land a player at 27.
Because of this, the Saints will have to move up if they want a quarterback. They were one of the teams involved in the pursuit of Patrick Mahomes last season, but the Chiefs jumped over them last year. So there’s a chance that they could explore a move into the top 15 for a quarterback they like.
In terms of quarterbacks that would fit the New Orleans system, Baker Mayfield would be ideal. But, he appears to be on the fast track to being a top 5 pick. So, he’s probably out of the question. But in the teens, the Saints could have a chance to land Lamar Jackson, and he would be a nice fit in their offense.
Jackson has great athleticism and would be similar to the gunslinger type that Mahomes represented last year. His accuracy wasn’t as good as Mahomes’ in college, but that can be worked upon. And learning behind Brees could do wonders for Jackson, and he could greatly improve his ball placement and ability to hit receivers in stride.
In the event that the Redskins traded down with the Saints, they could probably pick up the Saints’ first round pick, their third round pick, and a future second rounder as well. That’s the type of deal that WalterFootball.com’s Walter Cherepinsky outlined when speaking about the possibility of the Saints trading with the Packers at 14. This trade would be ideal, as the Redskins could pick up the third rounder that they lost in the Alex Smith trade, and they could still land some quality players.
It’s unclear who the No. 27 pick could be, but guard Will Hernandez could be in the mix at that juncture. Running backs Derrius Guice and Sony Michel would be options as well, and with the third rounder, the team could add some extra talent and ensure that the guard, running back, and nose tackle positions are addressed on the first two days of the NFL Draft.