The New Orleans Saints have traded up for the second time in this year’s NFL draft to select Florida safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson early in the third round.

The Saints made a deal with the Jets to move up 11 spots and select the 5-foot-11, 210-pound Gardner-Johnson 105th overall. The selection adds depth to a position group that could use it after New Orleans’ decision to release veteran safety Kurt Coleman.

New Orleans gave the Jets fourth- and fifth-round choices. That leaves the Saints with one pick in the sixth round and two in the seventh.

FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2018, file photo, Florida defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (23) makes the catch for an interception against Michigan during the second half of the Peach Bowl NCAA college football game, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
FILE – In this Dec. 29, 2018, file photo, Florida defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (23) makes the catch for an interception against Michigan during the second half of the Peach Bowl NCAA college football game, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

In Friday night’s second round, the Saints made a deal with Miami to move up 14 spots and take Texas A&M center Erik McCoy.

New Orleans did not have any picks in the first or third rounds because of 2018 trades.

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