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What if you had the chance to improve the Atlanta Falcons. Would you do it? Okay, crazy question...but what if by doing it you could improve the Saints even more?

 
Quick Out, April 1, 2013

This is Day 11,362 in our wait for the Times-Picayune to publish any truly significant original reporting on the Saints. So far today they have their typical “What everyone else is writing…” and “Question of the Day” features—but nothing else.

So I’m starting to think: maybe it’s me? Am I just missing something? Are “papers” supposed to do original reporting anymore, or just post conversation starters?

That being the case, today’s Quick Out is a conversation starter. It’s based on a post by Pat Y, pointing out the Falcon’s sudden dire need for cornerbacks, and positing how they might try to fix it in the draft:

If Trufant or Rhodes lasts until No. 30, the Falcons can fill their one remaining need. But both could be gone before No. 30 and that might prompt general manager Thomas Dimitroff, who has shown a willingness to trade up in the draft and is holding 11 draft picks, to try to jump up higher.

I don’t know that Dimitroff will try to pull off a Julio Jones type of deal to get Milliner. But he might be wise to trade up into the late teens or early 20s to get Trufant or Rhodes.

So, here’s the question: would you be willing to give the Falcons the 15th pick so they could nab Trufant, in exchange for the 30th, 60th, and 92nd picks? (Those are Atlanta’s 1st, 2nd, and 3rd round picks…I used this trade value chart to determine the exchange.) No, this is not an April Fool’s joke…my answer would be yes. I don’t care if it’s the Falcons. I’m not worried about the Falcons: whoever they get will simply be a part of the next meltdown. I care only about maximizing this draft’s value for the Saints.

Et vous?

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  • AcadieApril 1, 2013 at 11:43 am

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    I don’t care that it’s Atlanta either. Gaining a second and third round would make this draft a lot more palatable. Do you really imagine these guys are worth that much to the Falcons?

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  • PhilistineApril 1, 2013 at 12:16 pm

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    Papers have turned into LCD (that’s Lowest Common Denominator, not Liquid Crystal Display, you twit) birdcage liners ever since local ownership rules were watered down, and their corresponding websites are little better. Maybe we’re a little spoiled with the immediacy of the Intertubes, despite its wide variations in quality. The owners of the Times-Picayune (and a pile of other papers) must be getting something out of it, though, because they refused to sell to a local group that wanted to keep the Picayune and keep publishind a daily paper.

    I quit reading Pat Ystinkus ever since he doubled down on his “the Saints deserved what they got and Saints fans should get over it” shtick. Prior to that, I read him frequently, because he posted frequently. Hell no, I ain’t forgettin’. Didn’t they bet the farm on Julio Jones? I forget what they traded, but wasn’t the cost to them pretty steep? Can they afford to do it again? As for the Saints, I’d do the trade if I were in their cleats, but I bet Atlanta will find someone else to trade with; that way, if they make a mistake, they won’t be compounding matters by giving their chief rival a corresponding advantage.

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    • PhilistineApril 1, 2013 at 12:17 pm

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      publishind -> publishing

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  • PhilistineApril 1, 2013 at 12:22 pm

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    BTW – Kenyon Coleman finally did sign with the Saints.

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  • PhilistineApril 1, 2013 at 12:39 pm

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    Cribbed from Peter King’s MMQB from this morning:

    Gil Brandt has been visiting colleges to scout players since 1958. That season, around the middle of the year, he dropped into Purdue while working for the Rams to scout the seniors, and a coach said to him, “Gosh, Gil, you’re the third scout we’ve had in this year.” As if that were some sort of big number. Brandt laughed about it Saturday. “Now,” he said, “a normal day in the fall would be seven scouts at a place like Purdue.” Brandt said 16 teams showed up at Louisiana-Lafayette’s Pro Day, and 23 at Louisiana Tech’s. “Scouting used to be a one-story motel out in the country,” Brandt said. “Now it’s the Sears Tower. And growing.” With the latest twist being jacked-up budgets for psychological testing; the next frontier, if you listen to Brandt.
    And so what has all this information mining told Brandt about the 2013 draft?
    “A totally unique draft,” he said. “I don’t think when we look at this draft five years from now that we’ll have as many Pro Bowlers in the top 10 than you had in either of the last two drafts. Like, I think if Ryan Tannehill were in this draft, he’d be the top pick — and he was [eighth] last year. Here’s how I’d put it: Between 11 and 50, there’s a lot of good players. But they’re very close between 11 and 50. And I’d say if you took the 45th player in 2013, he’d be slightly better than the 45th player in 2012. That’s the strength of this draft — the depth.”

    Assuming this is true, the Saints would be smart to trade down with Atlanta – and Atlanta would be less likely to do so; but stranger things have happened.

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  • The Angry Who DatApril 1, 2013 at 7:19 pm

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    1. I like that deal and I would do it.

    2. Never understood the “don’t trade with division rivals” thing. Why not? You should try to trade with division rivals as often as possible. If you’re making a trade, it better be because you think you’re getting the better end of the deal.

    If you’re getting the better end of the deal, that means the other team is losing, and who doesn’t like it when a division rival gets screwed?

    The whole thing makes no sense to me.

    Of course, yes, there are those trades where everyone “wins” according to their needs. But here’s the thing: the Saints have to be the Saints for 16 games, and they only have to deal with the Falcons twice.

    So if everyone wins, then it’s a draw 1/8 of the time and a win the other 7/8.

    If you somehow manage to get fucked in the deal, then the identity of your trading partner is the least of your problems.

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