Saints trade up, select Tennessee’s Kamara in round 3

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NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 26: Alvin Kamara #6 carries the ball against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the second half at Vanderbilt Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. Vanderbilt defeated Tennessee 45-34. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

The Saints wanted Tennessee running back Alvin Kamara so badly, they traded a second round pick to get him.

The Saints traded their 2018 second round pick and a 7th round pick to San Francisco, to draft Kamara with a third round pick, number 67 overall in Friday night’s NFL draft.

In 2016 Kamara averaged 5.8 yards a carry, scoring 9 touchdowns. He also caught 40 passes for 392 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Kamara bypassed his senior season for the NFL draft. He gives the Saints they edge threat they have missed since they traded Darren Sproles to Philadelphia.

With pick #75 overall, the Atlanta Falcons drafted LSU and John Curtis Christian school linebacker Duke Riley. One pick later, the Saints chose Florida linebacker Alex Anzalone.

The Saints had three picks in round 3. Pass rusher Trey Hendrickson of Florida Atlantic was selection number 103, overall.

Hendrickson had 23 quarterback sacks the last two seasons.

He also had four blocked kicks.