That's the second part of the "what if?" for the 2017 draft. The players the Saints did take elevated them to four straight division titles. Take away Lattimore for Mahomes, does the defense improve enough in 2017 to win the division, or do they miss the playoffs for the fourth year in a row? And if they missed the playoffs, would Payton have even been back in 2018?I'm curious how much that changes the remaining trajectory of that 2017 draft.
Arguably the greatest draft in Saints history......but without knowing what the Saints would've had to give up to move into that spot for Mahomes, who do we NOT end up with?
Obviously we don't end up with Lattimore......but do we still get Kamara?
Or is it merely a case of "who cares, we got Mahomes...everything else can figure itself out over the next few seasons"? That 2017 draft literally took us from the usual 7-9 nonsense to SB contender as the season wore on..
Or, having taken a quarterback with the Lattimore pick, would they then look for a corner at the bottom of the round, where they ended up taking Ramczyk? How much of a butterfly effect would there have been on the rest of the draft?
Does Drew retire sooner, or leave for a different team? There were a lot of teams circling like vultures in case he became available. Do the awful playoff losses never happen?