New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis met with the media today to discuss his team's draft preparations. Here is more from

Is this the most depth on the defensive line at the top of the draft present since you’ve worked for the Saints?


“Probably. I’ve been involved a lot of years in the NFL. There are an awful lot of good defensive linemen in this draft.”

Do you see more teams looking to trade up in the first round due to the possibility of a rookie wage scale?


“I don’t know the answer to that. I think if we do have a wage scale, that might make higher picks more valuable. Whether that causes more trades or not, I don’t know, because it’s going to make it harder to move up.”

With the Saints, you’ve never traded down with a first round pick. Is that something on purpose or something philosophical?


“No, I think it’s just circumstance. We’ve made attempts to trade down before and it just didn’t materialize. We didn’t like the compensation that was available to us and each year we’ve had a player that we’ve really liked. We have made attempts in the past to trade down, it just hasn’t materialized.”

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The approach to this year's draft is unlike any other. Without free agency, along with the current uncertainty regarding the lockout, presents different obstacles for the upcoming draft.