The New Orleans Saints need to find a successor to Drew Brees at quarterback, but picking from a host of wild cards in a poor QB draft might not be the optimal way to further that end.
New Orleans might need to trade up to get one of the stars of this class, with Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa standing out as someone who would be an ideal fit in their offense. The Detroit Lions, who aren't looking to go for a QB at No. 3 overall could be the team for the Saints to make a deal with.
In order to entice Detroit to give up pick No. 3, New Orleans would need to surrender running back Alvin Kamara. By giving up Kamara, whom Detroit could sign to a new extension, the Saints could get rid of a potentially sticky financial situation that minimizes the amount of draft capital they would have to part with.
The Lions would also acquire pick No. 24 in this draft, a third-round pick this year, and New Orleans' first round pick in 2021. In this deal, Detroit acquires an All-Pro running back while surrounding Matthew Stafford and Trey Flowers with a host of young stars on both sides of the ball. New Orleans, meanwhile, find the successor to Brees.
The New England Patriots might be plotting something similar, so New Orleans needs to act quickly.
Landing a franchise quarterback is hard. Landing a franchise quarterback who is expected to follow one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time at pick No. 24 is even more difficult. The Saints would need to take a massive risk to pull this deal off, but it could guarantee them a new decade of elite offensive production with Tua at the helm.