NFL Draft: Charles Davis Anticipates the Saints Brainlessly Passing on a Franchise QB Twice

The New Orleans Saints sent some serious shockwaves into the rest of the NFL earlier this week. They gave up several draft picks in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles in order to acquire a second first-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.

The Saints are now slotted to make selections at pick No. 16 and pick No. 19. This sets them up in the perfect position to acquire two players to construct their impending rebuild around. Most notably, a future franchise quarterback.

The Saints need to use one of these first-rounders on a quarterback

The Saints gave up an unfathomably large amount of draft capital in their trade with the Eagles; there’s no way around that reality. Eagles general manager Howie Roseman is known for “fleecing” other GMs in draft trades. However, the Saints took it to a whole different level.

They gave up their 2023 first-round pick, 2024 second-round pick, and 2022 third-round pick to acquire the No. 16 overall pick in this year’s draft. On paper, this is a massive overpay for New Orleans. It only makes sense if the Saints front office has a particular player in mind with that No. 16 overall pick. More specifically, a quarterback.

Even with the re-signing of Jameis Winston this past offseason, the Saints are in desperate need of a long-term answer at the quarterback position. They spent much of last season hobbling through games with the likes of Ian Book, Taysom Hill, and Trover Siemian. A returning Winston is an improvement compared to those players. However, he’ll never be able to match the array of All-Pro talent around the league.

Between the Saints’ aggressive trade-up and their need for a future QB1, it’s not too difficult to connect the dots here. It looks like the Saints traded up with a QB in mind.

NFL analyst Charles Davis has the Saints passing on a QB, twice

New Saints HC Dennis Allen.
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Despite the Saints’ obvious need for a quarterback, NFL analyst Charles Davis has them going in a different direction in his latest mock draft for NFL.com.

Davis predicts the Saints drafting WR Chris Olave and DE George Karlaftis.

Sure, Olave and Karlaftis both have the makings of day one starters, and the Saints have a glaring weakness at DE and WR. However, New Orleans aggressively trading up just to pass on a quarterback twice would be quite the decision. It simply wouldn’t make any sense.

New Orleans can’t afford to leave this draft without a QB

The Saints can’t afford to leave this year’s draft without a clear answer at quarterback moving forward. That’s the brutal reality of the situation.

They don’t have a first-round pick in 2023, and they’ve already depleted some of their future trade ammo by giving up the 2024 second-rounder. If the Saints can’t get a QB in this year’s draft, they could be looking at a two-to-three year window where Winston is their only option. That’s not ideal.

As Davis suggests, maybe New Orleans really did trade up to acquire another skill position player. However, common sense suggests a team only overpays if it has a quarterback in mind. Otherwise, you can chalk this up as one of the worst pre-draft trades in NFL history.

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