Even with nine-time Pro Bowler, Super Bowl champion and future Hall of Famer Drew Brees under center, the New Orleans Saints could be looking to find a quarterback in this year’s draft, specifically Baylor’s Bryce Petty.
Per a report by NFL.com’s Chris Wesseling, GM Mickey Loomis is “not afraid” to select a QB.
“I think you’re always looking to get a young quarterback in the program,” Loomis said, via ESPN.com “We’ve got one in Ryan Griffin that we like. And if an opportunity presents itself, hey, we may take another one here.
“But I don’t see the end for Drew Brees on the short-term horizon. At least I certainly hope not. But it does take time for these quarterbacks to develop. And we’re conscious of that.”
If you ask Bob McGinn of the Journal-Sentinel, the Saints will go so far as to take Petty with the 31st overall pick today, on the grounds that they feel he is the best “pure passer” in this year’s class.
That’s a grand statement, considering how Petty was projected as a fourth-round pick at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Still, it makes sense considering how Brees is now 36 years old and is losing arm strength, though he did throw for 4,952 yards and 33 touchdowns last season en route to the Saints finishing 7-9 and second in the NFC South.
A 6-foot-3, 230 pound quarterback, Petty threw for 3,855 yards and 29 touchdowns his senior season, leading Baylor to an 11-2 (8-1 Big 12) record and share of the Big 12 title with Texas Christian, plus a devastating loss to Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl.
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