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NFL Draft 2022: Saints target Native New Jerseyans but may need to trade with giants or planes to make it happen

The New Orleans Saints are just getting started.

Last week, they completed a massive deal with the Philadelphia Eagles that included multiple first-round picks.

The deal left the Saints 16th and 19th overall in the 2022 NFL Draft. But Insider NFL Jordan Schultz Reports suggest the Saints may have a larger trade in mind.

Can # saints Package 16 + 19 to move up Malik Willis or Kenny Beckett? League sources say they are high on both QBs and would consider trading to secure one.

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The problem is the Carolina Panthers (#6) and the Atlanta Falcons (#8) also looking to draft a quarterback. So if the Saints wanted to take Willis or Beckett, it might take a trade with the New York Giants, who sit at No. 5 and No. 7, or the New York Jets, which got the No. 4 pick.

Pickett, of Oakhurst, NJ who starred at Ocean Township High School, believes he will be the first quarterback to come off the board later this month. A discussion for every football pro:

I think soBeckett She recently told Breneman Shows Up with Adam Breneman. “I think there are a lot of reasons for that. You look at the game now and how it is changing. … I am a mobile man [played] In the West Coast system pro. I started on a 5-7 program the first year I was in it. We left as ACC champions, 11-2. So I know how to win. I know the process needed to get there. It’s never easy and I’m going to make this transition, I feel it’s faster in the NFL now because [of] That experience…that I know how to start my career as a professional, sort of being an older man. At the end of the day, that is… getting to the position, like, ‘Can you win? Do you know how to deal with all the things you need to be a quarterback?’ I definitely do. So I think I’m QB1.”

Beckett placed third in the vote for the 2021 Heisman Trophy.

Beckett was the first New Jersey native to reach the Heisman Finals since former Michigan star and current New York Giants linebacker Gabriel Peppers in 2016. Beckett had hoped to be the fourth New Jersey high school football producer to win the Heisman Cup and Heisman Trophy for the first time in a year 1999, when he went to Overbrook producer Ron Dayne, a Wisconsin retrencher who transitioned into his career with the Giants.

Beckett returned to Pittsburgh for a fifth season in 2021, capitalizing on NCAA eligibility to play during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, and notching a record year. Beckett passed 4,319 yards with 42 touchdowns to break school marks and lead the Panthers to their first title of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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Mike Rosenstein can be reached at mrosenstein@njadvancemedia.com.

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