It appears that the New Orleans Saints will not be getting their 2013 second round draft pick back. After much speculation that the Saints would get the pick back, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell gave a definitive answer on the manner.
In an interview Goodell had this to say about the Saints’ 2013 second round pick:
“No, the penalty will continue to include the 2nd round draft choice in 2013.”
Even though Goodell seemed to give a definitive answer, there is still speculation that the Saints very well could get their second pick back. Looking at how Goodell handled the bounty scandal suggests that the Saints could eventually get their pick back.
If you recall Goodell excused himself over the bounty hearings and appointed former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue to oversee the bounty hearings. Tagliabue eventually vacated the players’ suspensions and Goodell had no choice but to go along with it. Furthermore, Goodell reinstated Saints head coach, Sean Payton, two weeks before he was scheduled to be reinstated.
With the suspensions lifted and Payton reinstated early, I do not see why Goodell cannot give the Saints back their second round draft pick. Perhaps Goodell read the USA Today’s Poll about how he has a very high disapproval rate amongst the NFL players. Personally I think Goodell is trying to retain any little bit of punishment he can against the Saints and losing their second round pick would really hurt the Saints.
The Saints are switching the entire defensive alignment from a 4-3 to a 3-4 and a second round pick is extremely valuable for a rebuilding defense. As of right now Goodell is saying that the Saints will not get their second round pick, but don’t be surprised if he ultimately gives it back to them. Only time will tell so the Saints should plan for not having a second round pick in this year’s NFL Draft.