In the lead up to Thursday night's draft, the New Orleans Saints are doing their due diligence on moving up.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Saints have made plenty of calls about making a big leap up from the No. 27 overall pick, per sources informed of the situation.
Rapoport notes that the exploration could be simple due diligence in case a certain player begins to tumble in the draft, likely a quarterback to become the heir apparent to Drew Brees. In general, NFL teams only make big moves forward -- paying steep prices -- to swipe a future signal-caller.
The Saints don't own a second-round selection, having traded that pick last draft to the San Francisco 49ers to select Offensive Rookie of the Year Alvin Kamara. Sans a second-rounder, New Orleans might need to part with future high picks if they indeed move up Thursday night. The Saints currently own one third-round selection (91), one fourth (217), two fifth-rounders (147, 164), two sixths (189, 201) and one seventh-round pick (245).
Around The NFL is tracking all of the latest buzz for the 83rd NFL draft, which opens today at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Check back each day for updated nuggets as we pass along whispers from around the league. Here's what we're hearing Thursday:
Rapoport added there hasn't been much interest in teams seeking a trade for the Giants' first-round pick, though New York appears to want to make the pick regardless.
Pelissero added that the Dolphins have done their homework on other top QB prospects Josh Allen (hosted on a visit), Josh Rosen (sent two reps to UCLA pro day) and Baker Mayfield (did a private workout and hosted on a visit). The 'Fins, however, did not spend extra time on USC's Sam Darnold, assuming he wouldn't slide to pick No. 11, Pelissero reported.