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cgctobe 04-19-2008 09:11 AM

Saints and Chiefs Kuharich ties....A deal?
With less than 10 days to go before the 2008 NFL draft, the phone lines are beginning to ring in team headquarters, and trade scenarios are being discussed.
Typically, there are few teams looking to move up in the top 10, but the way we hear it, the Saints, who have been aggressive targeting players in the Sean Payton era, are expressing interest in moving up.

While they still have a pressing need to fill at cornerback, it is the DT position that they are looking to address early. New DL coach Ed Orgeron has been in attendance at many DT workouts this spring and has personally worked out Glenn Dorsey and Sedrick Ellis, whom he helped recruit to the Trojans.

The way we hear it, the Saints feel like they have to climb at least ahead of the Bengals, who are also in great need of a defensive tackle, to have a chance at landing Ellis.

The Chiefs, who have dangled franchise DE Jared Allen on the trading block, remain a strong candidate to make a move down. Carl Peterson's right-hand man Billy Kuharich, who formerly called the shots with Mike Ditka in New Orleans and helped make one of the biggest blockbuster moves in NFL history when he traded the Saints' draft for the right to select RB Ricky Williams, still has strong ties to the Saints' organization and is well-positioned to help arrange another deal. With many pressing needs to fill, the Chiefs are looking to acquire multiple picks and are very interested in moving down in the draft order, so much so that they are considering a move to deal their marquee defensive star, who remains a couple of beers away from a lengthy NFL suspension.

BRSaintsFan 04-19-2008 10:06 AM

Re: Saints and Chiefs Kuharich ties....A deal?
If this trade happens, Ellis has to be the pick unless Dorsey somehow falls (possible, but unlikely). Updated draft trade charts show the Chiefs pick worth around 1675 and the Saints pick around 1375. The Saints would likely have to throw in a player or two later picks to even out the deal. Not worth the swap of firsts and the second.

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