Saints to have five selections in April draft

Barring trades or the awarding of compensatory picks, the Saints will have five selections in the NFL draft to be held April 25-27.

The NFL released the tentative order for the seven-round draft Thursday, but compensatory selections still have to be plugged in at the end of rounds three through seven. Those picks will be awarded at the owners meetings in late March.

As of Thursday, the Saints will have single picks in the first, third, fourth, fifth and sixth rounds. Their first-round selection will be the 15th overall and the third-round pick will be No. 75 overall.

The Saints’ second-round pick was forfeited for the second straight year because of the pay-for-performance scheme that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said defensive players took part in from 2009 to 2011.

Their selection in the seventh round was traded to the Seattle Seahawks during training camp for veteran linebacker Barrett Ruud, who was released in October.

The first round of the draft will be conducted on Thursday, April 25 with the second and third rounds on Friday night. The final four rounds will be held on Saturday, April 27.