The Saints traded their 2012 first round pick during last year’s draft to acquire running back Mark Ingram and forfeited their 2013 second round pick as part of their punishment for their illegal “bounty” program.
Along with the Raiders, the Saints have a league-low five picks in this year’s draft, with their first pick scheduled for round three (No. 89). Other picks are in rounds four (No. 122), five (No. 162), six (No. 179) and seven (No. 234). The Saints are also without a 2013 second round pick, which limits their flexibility come draft day.
So it’s little surprise that general manager Mickey Loomis says there is very little chance the Saints will be trading up and wouldn’t rule out moving down in the 2012 NFL Draft, reports James Varney of The Times-Picayune.
“We’ve traded picks away before,” Loomis said. “I don’t recall off the top of my head a year where we didn’t have a first- or second-round pick, but look, that has happened before to teams. And we still have five picks — third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh. So that’s five players we can bring in here to help contribute to our team. So we’ve got to do a great job with those five picks and sign some college free agents after the draft that can help us.
“And look, I think we get more focused, not less, when you’re short at the top of the draft. Because we have to do a good job, and we will do a good job with those mid-round and late-round picks because we have done that in the past.”