Peter King will answer your questions each week in Monday Morning Quarterback: Tuesday Edition.
T-minus 19 days till draft day, and counting. Here's what we know right now:
1. Barring a major upset -- like Reggie Bush's announcing between now and April 29, "I detest rodeo'' -- the Texans will make the USC running back the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft.
2. The Titans will take a quarterback with the third pick in the draft and may trade up to No. 2 to prevent the Jets from getting Matt Leinart.
3. The Jets will probably try to take a quarterback with the fourth pick in the draft and may trade up to the second pick to prevent the Titans from selecting Leinart.
4. The Saints, picking second, are in the catbird's seat of all catbird's seats. They don't want Bush, they don't want a quarterback and they might be able to finagle some football currency, like a second-round pick -- from the Jets, Titans or some other team high in the draft -- to move down and still get the same guy they would have picked at No. 2.
If the catbird's seat fits, nest in it.
"I don't know about that,'' New Orleans GM Mickey Loomis told me the other day. "I don't know if I'd agree that it's such a great thing to be in our position, considering we had to go 3-13, fire a coaching staff and lose a great player like Darren Howard in free agency in the process of getting there.''
But, and Loomis knows this, what's great about the Saints' position right now is they have three guys they really like -- Virginia tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson, North Carolina State defensive end Mario Williams and Ohio State linebacker A.J. Hawk, a slight surprise to be considered that high -- and they can afford to move down one or two spots and still get one of those elite players. By moving down, New Orleans would do two things: they'd pick up another first-day draft choice (maybe the 35th overall pick, now owned by the Jets, or Tennessee's second-round pick, the 39th overall), and by picking their player lower than No. 2 overall the Saints would save some money in the deal. Even if the Jets quarreled with New Orleans and were willing to give only a high third-round pick, it's to the Saints' advantage to make the deal. They'd still pay their player less and they'd get a potential starter for moving down.
All three players would make New Orleans better immediately. Ferguson could slide into the left tackle spot and give New Orleans an excellent bookend situation with second-year tackle Jammal Brown on the right side. Defensive end isn't a major need position, but the Saints' pass rush was putrid last year, and Williams, even though he flashes on and off at times, still has enough of Julius Peppers in him to fascinate most scouts. In Hawk, the Saints see a modern-day Chris Spielman. Imagine having on your résumé, "Led Ohio State in tackles for three straight years.'' That's a pretty big wow.
The Saints haven't gotten any deal-making phone calls yet, but I think it's a matter of time before the Jets or Titans call. Whether a deal gets done depends on how much those two teams fall in love with Leinart or Vince Young in the next couple of weeks. Leinart is the more logical choice, because he's more pro-ready. That's going to be the best story over the next 19 days -- what the Saints do with the pick and who's the aggressor trying to get it.