Saints wanted to get ahead of Patriots and pick Mac Jones in 2021 NFL Draft, report says
The Saints tried to enter on the march, but were stopped at the gates.
Reports from April 29 said the Saints were trying to move into the top 10 in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft to select a cornerback. Nothing came of it, but we now know New Orleans had more than one potential goal in mind for the move.
NFL insider Michael Lombardi reports that the Saints were not only trying to catch a cornerback, but were trying to get past the Patriots to select Alabama quarterback Mac Jones, who placed 15th in the general classification in New England.
“[New Orleans] was trying to get over New England to get Mac Jones. “
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– Michael Lombardi (@mlombardiNFL) May 3, 2021
New Orleans were trying to get into the top 10 to get a defensive corner no doubt I think it was (Jaycee) Horn they tried they couldn’t get in they were too far to get into the top 10. But – and I got that confirmed by two teams – they were trying to get over New England to get Mac Jones.
I don’t think there is any doubt about it. Everyone will deny it: “No, no, no”. I’m just telling you they couldn’t do it. Why? Because Minnesota traded with the Jets. Minnesota didn’t go as far as New Orleans, and they got a good deal. 13 wasn’t moving because (Rashawn) Slater was there, the Chargers weren’t moving. 12 wasn’t moving because Dallas was going to pick (Micah) Parsons. He became (Justin) Fields. There was nowhere to go for him (Sean Payton) – there was nowhere to go.
Instead of trading enough capital to progress, the Saints stayed with the No.28 pick and picked defensive lineman Payton Turner.
The Saints start the season with an alleged quarterback battle between former No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston and Payton favorite Taysom Hill following the retirement of Drew Brees.
The Saints ended up picking a quarterback – Notre Dame’s Ian Book went to New Orleans in the fourth round.
But oh, what could have been.