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NFL: Reports: Saints trying to trade into top 10 of draft

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The New Orleans Saints, owners of the No. 28 overall pick in Thursday’s first round of the NFL draft, are seeking a trade partner to move into the top 10, Fox Sports and ESPN reported.

“The primary reason isn’t for a QB, it’s actually for another position,” ESPN’s Dianna Russini tweeted. “Although, there is 1 QB (not named Trevor) who would change their minds if he was still available.”

Longtime Saints quarterback Drew Brees retired this offseason, so New Orleans re-signed 2020 backup Jameis Winston heading into next year. The Saints also still have Taysom Hill on their roster, but they have used him more as a utility knife than as a quarterback.

As many as five quarterbacks could be taken in the top 10 of the draft Thursday. Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and BYU’s Zach Wilson are expected to go No. 1 and 2, with Ohio State’s Justin Fields, Alabama’s Mac Jones and North Dakota State’s Trey Lance all in the mix atop the board.

Non-quarterbacks widely projected for the top 10 include Florida tight end Kyle Pitts, LSU wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase, Oregon tackle Penei Sewell and Alabama cornerback Patrick Surtain II.

Moving from No. 28 to No. 10 or better is not unheard of, but a leap that big would require New Orleans to fork over a haul of assets in return.

–Field Level Media

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