Saints trade Ivory, make 2 picks in round 3 of the NFL draft

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saints helmetThe Saints used one of their few trade assets to address areas of need on day 2 of the NFL draft.

The Saints drafted Arkansas Pine-Bluff offensive tackle Terron Armstead with their 3rd round pick, #75 overall.

The club then traded running back Chris Ivory to the New York Jets for a fourth round selection. New Orleans then packaged two fourth round picks, theirs and the Jets,  to Miami for the Dolphins 3rd round pick, #82 overall. The Saints then selected defensive tackle John Jenkins of Georgia.

Head coach Sean Payton said the deal to trade Ivory to the Jets was put agreed upon with less than one minute on the clock for New York to make a selection.

“ How could we possibly use that to help ourselves? So, on defense or at another position need,”Payton said of the question he asked himself in the draft room. ” In this case this is part of how we were able to help ourselves defensively. We used his pick along with another. But, he’s a good football player. He’ll be a good fit in New York.”

The Saints tendered Ivory, a restricted free agent, at a second round level. He signed his tender, one that would pay him just over $2 million this season. Payton said he spoke with Ivory this week, and let him know that a trade was a possibility.

Armstong, 6-5 306, was a late invitee to the Senior Bowl. He was impressive in practice sessions. Armstead ran a 4.71 40 yard dash at the NFL combine. He also did 31 reps of 225 pounds.

Jenkins, 6-4 346, played nose tackle for the Bulldogs. He was a first team all SEC performer. Jenkins is outstanding against the run, but is not an accomplished pass rusher.

Ivory, an undrafted free agent, played three years with the Saints. His best season was his rookie year. Ivory rushed for 716 yards and five touchdowns.  Ivory played only 12 games in his last two seasons as a Saint.