That’s three trades so far after the Bills and Cardinals moved up to select their hopeful franchise quarterbacks. Now it’s the New Orleans Saints’ turn.
The Saints moved up from No. 27 to No. 14 in a big trade with the Green Bay Packers. Here’s what they gave up.
Chiefs 鈥?Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama: Kansas City is finally on the clock. This defense is woefully thin at safety, especially when Eric Berry is unavailable, which was the case in 2017. Harrison is a solid enforcer and could probably hold his own in coverage in a division where the only powerful arm at quarterback is on聽his team.
Falcons 鈥?Rasheem Green, DL, Southern California: He’ll need to partake of some of that southern cooking to add bulk to his 6-4, 275-pound frame, but we think he can play on the line next to Grady Jarrett and possibly add more consistent pressure than departed Adrian Clayborn did.
49ers (from Saints) 鈥?Braden Smith, G, Auburn: San Francisco took Mike McGlinchey in Round 1 but would be wise to get one more starting-caliber blocker in front of $137.5 million man Jimmy Garoppolo
RB Akrum Wadley, Iowa – The likes of Saquon Barkley, Derris Guice and Sony Michel have served as the headliners in a stacked running back class, but Wadley has the skill set to be extremely productive on the ground and through the air.
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Wadley boasts burst, elusiveness and the speed to take runs the distance while showing the desire to keep his legs churning through contact. Catching 64 balls in his final two seasons with the Hawkeyes, Wadley is a back who is good enough in pass protection to play all three downs and should present very good value on Craig Hartsburg Womens Jersey day two.
WR Michael Gallup, Colorado State – Gallup has showcased multiple traits to suggest he should succeed at the next level, despite often being hamstrung by bad quarterback play at Colorado State.
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He lacks the elite speed to be a home-run threat, but Gallup can create separation with his route-running and excels at making contested catches. Dangerous with the ball in his hands, Gallup averaged 15.3 yards per reception in college and should develop into a solid No. 2 receiver who can be had on day two or maybe even day three.
EDGE Duke Ejiofor, Wake Forest – In a draft where edge rushers figure to be pushed up the board, it will be very interesting to see where Ejiofor lands.
He had 17.5 sacks in his final two seasons at Wake Forest and demonstrated the quickness to generate interior penetration, which has become valued in the modern-day NFL. Ejiofor lacks consistent play strength and needs to exhibit bend around the edge on a more regular basis, but he has the potential to be an effective pass rusher at the top level.