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The Saints own the 27th overall pick in this year’s draft, but they may have a higher pick before the night is over.

New Orleans has made multiple calls about making “a big leap up” in the first round, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Typically if a team is looking to make a big leap up in the first round, that team is looking to draft a quarterback. So the Saints may think they can make a move for the heir apparent to Drew Brees.

Who would it be? It’s probably not realistic to think New Orleans could move up high enough to get Baker Mayfield or Sam Darnold. Josh Allen, Josh Rosen or Lamar Jackson might be available with a pick somewhere in the range that the Saints could go up and get.

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Complicating matters is that the Saints don’t have a second-round draft pick because they sent their second-round pick to the 49ers last year in exchange for a third-round pick, which they used on Alvin Kamara. So if the Saints are looking to trade up, they’d have to be willing to include their 2019 first-round pick in the deal. That would be a big investment, perhaps for a quarterback they hope can lead their franchise as long as Brees has.

On the eve on the NFL draft, offensive tweets from a potential No. 1 pick, Josh Allen, surfaced on social media.

The former Wyoming quarterback acknowledged the tweets to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith late Wednesday night and apologized, saying he was young and dumb.

The tweets no longer appear on Allen’s account. However, they contained racial slurs and other offensive language, according to Yahoo! Sports.

The tweets cited by Yahoo! Sports were sent in 2012 and 2013, when Allen was in high school.

Allen told Smith that some of the tweets made reference to rap lyrics and television, including a saying that was part of an episode from the sitcom “Modern Family.”

On ESPN’s First Take on Thursday, NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported that his sources indicated Allen’s Twitter account was vetted in January and that the offensive tweets were removed then.

Allen is ranked as the top quarterback in the draft, according to ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr., and is projected by many to be selected by the Cleveland Browns with the first overall pick.

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A team with a top-five draft pick told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that it knew nothing about the tweets and that it had “never heard anything but positives” about Allen.

Would Ryan Pace select Virginia Tech LB Tremaine Edmunds with the 8th overall pick?

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The Chicago Bears spot at eight is an interesting one. It seems that seven names have emerged above the rest: the four quarterbacks, Quenton Nelson, Saquon Barkley and Bradley Chubb. If the draft doesn’t have any surprises, it’s likely that those seven names are taken before anyone else. If that’s the case, the Bears at eight will have plenty of options from the next tier down.

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One of those names is Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds. Could he be Ryan Pace’s selection? It’s definitely a name you would think he would consider. Edmunds has a rare combination of size and speed that you just don’t see in linebackers. He checks in at 6’5, 250 lbs and he can run a 4.5 40-yard dash. Edumunds probably needs to add more strength, but he has the frame to do it and if he does, he could be a scary man on the football field.

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Some scouts say that teams should take Edmunds and move him to the edge position and have him focus on rushing the passer. While taking an edge position makes more sense in the top ten than an inside linebacker, is it a good idea to take the 8th pick and instantly move him to a position he’s uncomfortable with?

The question about Edmunds is his instincts. He is such a gifted athlete, he’s never had to rely on quick reads. If he’s a step slow reacting, he has always been able to use his speed to close the gap. Will that work at the NFL level? It does for some, but gifted athletes have to reach rare air to make up for poor instincts at the highest level.

Edmunds has also struggled at times in pass coverage so by no means is he a perfect prospect but he does fit that Pace profile of a player with massive upside that could develop into a dominant force.

Pace’s first-round pick (Kevin White, Leonard Floyd, Mitch Trubisky) have all been the same thing- massive upside guys that are borderline projects. He wants guys that can potentially reach the moon and become difference makers. He doesn’t want high-floor, low-ceiling guys in round one that will almost certainly be good, but don’t have the potential to be special.

The biggest issue with the selection of Edmunds is the need at inside linebacker. With Danny Trevathan and Nick Kwiatkoski, it’s not exactly a position of need (although depth at the position is needed badly). But at the same time, when you are picking in the top ten, you shouldn’t be picking to fill holes on the roster, you should be picking the absolute best player available and fill your roster with talent. Filling holes is how teams miss on talent and end up picking in the top ten year after year.

Edmunds fits the Pace profile but he doesn’t fit a position of need or a position that usually warrants a top ten selection. Will Pace see Edmunds size and speed and massive potential and take the plunge? It’s unlikely Edmunds goes in the top seven, so if Pace wants him, he should have him available when the Bears are on the clock.

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