Amazinz wrote:Apparently, the Vilma trade can net the Jets a 2nd rounder based on performance. I had thought it was only a 3rd rounder. Anyway, if that happens, the Giants get New Orleans 1st round pick per the NY Daily News.
It's not just based on performance. In order for it to become a second rounder for Vilma, he has to play at least 85% of the defensive snaps, and the Saints have to sign him to a contract extension. I can't tell when the extension has to be signed in order to trigger the second round pick, but the easy solution would be to franshise him after the season (if he plays that much, he will almost certainly be worth it) rather than sign an extension, thereby retaining the first round pick. I also just listened to an audio clip of Mickey Loomis, Saints' GM, saying that if they have to give anything higher than the fourth rounder to the Jets, the Jets have to give a fourth rounder back to the Saints.
So the best case scenario (and most likely in my opinion) for the Saints is that Vilma meets the performance goals, but doesn't get extended, so that they only swap a thrid round pick for a fourth round pick (and that will be a pretty even switch when the Saints win the SB and the Jets have a crappy year ). Then the Saints will have their first, fourth, fifth, and seventh round picks, and the Jets' fourth round pick in next year's draft (the Saints traded their 2009 sixth round pick to the Packers to move back up into the seventh this year to draft Adrian Arrington).
So that's the Saints' draft pick picture as it stands right now.