New Orleans Saints' Day 2 2014 NFL Draft Primer

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New Orleans Saints' Day 2 2014 NFL Draft Primer
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The New Orleans Saints made a bold move in the first round of Thursday’s NFL draft. They exchanged their first-round pick (No. 27 overall) and third round pick (No. 91 overall) with the Arizona Cardinals to gain the 20th overall pick.

With the 20th pick they took Oregon State do-it-all man Brandin Cooks. In trading up the Saints limited their options for the remainder of the draft—but felt it was worth the risk for a player like Cooks who brings a new element to the offense, one vacated by the loss of Darren Sproles.

In losing their third-round pick, the Saints now have to fit three needs into one pick—center, corner, outside linebacker. Obviously the Saints still have their fourth, two fifths and a sixth-round pick.

But no one expects to gain starters in those rounds. Rounds one through three are generally where starters are expected to come from. The Saints must reevaluate quickly as to which position is in most dire need immediately, and thus which one must be addressed in the second.

There is also the possibility of moving back into the third round via a trade.

The Saints have a lot of options on Day 2. Let’s preview how they may handle the second day of the 2014 NFL draft.

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