The New Orleans Saints could be looking to trade up in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, according to multiple media reports.
The Saints need help at the cornerback spot and may be targeting Northwestern’s Greg Newsome II or Virginia Tech’s Caleb Farley by moving up from the No. 28 overall pick. Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports reported that the Saints are specifically interested in moving up to get Farley.
It’s not clear at this point how far up the Saints will have to go to get their player. The Buffalo Bills, seeking Clemson running back Travis Etienne, and the Green Bay Packers, in need of a wide receiver, are also reportedly looking to trade up from the end of the first round.
The Steelers, picking at No. 24, could be in a position to trade down with New Orleans, though the Steelers also have a need at cornerback following the losses of Steven Nelson and Mike Hilton.
Farley’s evaluation is a complicated one, as the talented cornerback has had two back surgeries since he last played in 2019 and opted out of the 2020 season, something the Steelers said they would not prefer when drafting players this spring. Saints general manager Mickey Loomis, on the other hand, said it “isn’t a significant variable.”
That could mean the Steelers and Saints (and other teams) will have differing evaluations of Farley, who would have likely been a Top 20 pick if he’d played a healthy 2020 season.