Eagles, Saints trade multiple draft picks including 2023 1st

The New Orleans Saints added an additional first-round pick should they want to target a quarterback in this month’s draft.

The Saints acquired two first-round picks from the Philadelphia Eagles in a major fortune swap Monday.

The Eagles sent the #16 and 19 picks and a sixth-rounder (#194) to the Saints for an 18th overall pick, a third-rounder (#101), a seventh-rounder (#237), a 2023 first-rounder and a 2024 second-rounder .

The move leaves both teams with two firsts later this month when the NFL holds its first draft in Las Vegas. Philadelphia retained the 15th overall pick it earned in a draft swap from Miami last year.

The Saints brought back Jameis Winston on a two-year contract after chasing Deshaun Watson, who was traded from Houston to Cleveland. New Orleans also signed veteran Andy Dalton to join Ian Book, a fourth-round pick from Notre Dame in 2021.

Taysom Hill, who has been fielded as a starting quarterback 7-2 for Drew Brees and Winston for the past two seasons, also remains with the club but is expected to play in a more traditional tight end role in 2022.


Liberty’s Malik Willis, Mississippi’s Matt Corral, Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett, North Carolina’s Sam Howell, Nevada’s Carson Strong and Cincinnati’s Desmond Ridder are expected to be the top six QBs drafted this month. The Saints could have their pick of the 16th-ranked boys, or they could grab the top two to move up the draft.

The Saints also have needs on offense after losing free-hand three-time Pro Bowl left tackle Terron Armstead and being safe following the retirement of three-time Pro Bowl pick Malcolm Jenkins.

The deal gives Philadelphia more draft capital in the years to come. The Eagles appear determined to rate Jalen Hurts as quarterback for at least one more season and now have more flexibility with two firsts in 2023. You have a total of 10 picks this month, but more trades are likely.


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