1. Going “Ricky Williams” for outside linebacker
Nov 22, 2014; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators defensive lineman Dante Fowler Jr. (6) against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels during the first quarter at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
In 1999 NFL Draft former head coach Mike Ditka traded all of the Saints draft picks that year as well as the 1st and 3rd round picks for the 2000 draft for running back Ricky Williams.
While the anniversary of that draft happened just a few days ago, it still reverberates with fans as the “pick heard ’round the world” or better yet the “pick that mortgaged the Saints”.
That move set the team back for years to come and although outside linebacker is a great need, the Saints shouldn’t reach for one either.
Players like Dante Fowler Jr. and Vic Beasley seem to be out of reach for the Black and Gold, with rumors both will be gone long before the 13th pick.
While the Saints have plenty of ammo to move up, teams in the top ten spots will likely want a second or third round pick packaged in with the trade.
There is too much value in this draft at other positions for the team to relinquish one of those picks especially their sole second round pick.
To be honest it wouldn’t surprise me to see a team wanting the Saints to give up both first rounders to even move up that many slots with Fowler and Beasley projected to go in the top eight.