The Worldwide Leader used it’s vast network of beat reporters to perform their annual ‘Nation Mock Draft’ in which reporters who cover each NFL team make the pick for their respective teams.
In this year’s version, not only did they allow trades but they saw quite a few over the course of the first round. The shocker of the first round was the Buffalo Bills trading up to grab the number one overall pick and consequently Jadeveon Clowney.
Later on in the draft the Saints did something relatively risky, trading three picks including their first rounder (number 27) a third rounder (91) and a sixth rounder (202) to Miami for the number 19 overall pick. At 19 they took Brandin Cooks, the diminutive wide receiver out of Oregon State.
According to ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett the Saints are quite interested in trading up to take a receiver, including Cooks, Odell Beckham Jr., or even Marqise Lee (who ended up falling to 27 in our latest mock draft). Beckham was drafted 18th overall to the New York Jets, which probably prompted the Saints move to jump up and snatch Cooks at 19.
Cooks has the potential to be a game changer, there’s no doubt about that. But this year’s crop at wide receiver is unbelievably deep – there are guys who could realistically be playing on Sunday next year all the way through the fifth round. So why trade away two valuable picks to go up and get one?
Triplett believes they are in a ‘win-now’ mode, and thus can afford to be a bit cavalier with their lower-round picks to try and get a guy with supreme talent like Cooks. However, it’s not like Cooks is a slam dunk and there are still questions regarding his ability to translate into a NFL offense.
The move would make a lot of noise and surely would get Who Dat Nation on their feet, but I just have to wonder if the risk outweighs the reward.
There is one caviat to all this, though: looking at ESPN’s draft as a whole almost every first round prospect on our Saints big board is gone by the 27th pick. Kyle Fuller, Justin Gilbert, the aforementioned Beckham Jr and Marqise Lee, and even Ryan Shazier.
So if that is the case trading up to get one of those guys may be the right call, but is Cooks the right guy? Let us know in the comment section below.