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Saints Nation: New Orleans Saints’ 2012 Draft Picks

I know, I’m with you. The NFL draft just isn’t going to be as exciting this year without a 1st round pick. That is, unless the Saints trade again to get back into it. I doubt that will happen but I wouldn’t completely rule it out either. Below is the order of the 1st round, a round the Saints will currently not select in. I’ve also included the Saints’ picks below that. The first round is scheduled for Thursday, April 26th at 8pm. Friday, April 27th at night are the second and third rounds, with rounds 4-7 being on Saturday (4/28).

1. Indianapolis Colts
2. St. Louis Rams
3. Minnesota Vikings
4. Cleveland Browns
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
6. Washington Redskins
7. Jacksonville Jaguars
8t. Carolina Panthers (tied, their pick will be decided by a coin flip at NFL combine)
8t. Miami Dolphins (tied, their pick will be decided by a coin flip at NFL combine)
10. Buffalo Bills
11t. Kansas City Chiefs (tied, their pick will be decided by a coin flip at NFL combine)
11t. Seattle Seahawks (tied, their pick will be decided by a coin flip at NFL combine)
13. Arizona Cardinals
14. Dallas Cowboys
15. Philadelphia Eagles
16. New York Jets
17. Cincinnati Benglas (from Oakland Raiders)
18. San Diego Chargers
19. Chicago Bears
20. Tennessee Titans
21. Cincinnati Bengals
22. Cleveland Browns (from Atlanta Falcons)
23. Detroit Lions
24. Pittsburgh Steelers
25. Denver Broncos
26. Houston Texans
27. New England Patriots (from New Orleans Saints)
28. Green Bay Packers
29. Baltimore Ravens
30. San Francisco 49ers
31. New England Patriots
32. New York Giants

So the only teams without first round picks are the Saints, Falcons and Raiders. You’ll remember the Falcons gave up that 1st round pick for Julio Jones last year, the Saints gave theirs up for Mark Ingram, and the Raiders gave theirs up for Carson Palmer. The teams with 2 first rounders are the Patriots, Browns and Bengals.

The Saints’ picks are as follows:

2nd round (59th overall)
3rd round (90th overall)
4th round (122nd overall)
5th round (154th overall)
6th round (166th overall) – via Redskins for Jammal Brown
6th round (167th overall) – via Dolphins for Reggie Bush
7th round (217th overall)

If you’re wondering where the Saints’ original 1st and 6th round picks went, the 1st was sent to the Patriots to draft Mark Ingram, and the 6th was sent to the Dolphins as an exchange so the Saints could move up and draft higher in round 6 with the Dolphins’ pick.

The Saints move so much every year in the draft, especially in the Loomis/Payton era, I have no doubts that they could easily trade one of their picks this year or next. The Saints have 7 picks this year for the first time in a while. The Saints ended up with 6 picks last year, 6 the year before, and 4 the year before that… The waiting game till pick #59 is definitely going to be brutal but at least there’s a number of middle round picks to hopefully discover some gems. I’m sure the Saints will find a player they like somewhere in the middle of the draft and possibly trade to get an extra pick. We’ll see how it unfolds.

In the coming months I’ll be working with fellow St. Paul’s School alumnist Kris Bauner of Saturday Night Slant, who runs the top LSU blog out there. He’s a college football expert and will be able to give incredibly valuable insight on a number of players in the draft. While he specializes in the SEC he has extensive knowledge of college football in general, and we’ll put our minds together to give you the best NFL draft coverage possible right here on Saints Nation. Particularly, we’ll be looking at the prospects out there that might be good fits for what the Saints need, and we’ll also be looking at potential landing spots for the top LSU players. Be sure to check out Kris’ blog, Saturday Night Slant, for the most informative LSU news source out there.