NFL Draft 2016: Saints had plans to move up to No. 1 for QB

Of all the teams that could realistically draft a quarterback in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft on Thursday, the New Orleans Saints weren’t one that had the immediate need.

However, it looks like the team actually had plans to do exactly what the Los Angeles Rams did a little over a week ago.

According to NFL Media senior analyst Ian Rapoport, the Saints actually were in discussion with the Tennessee Titans to move up to the top spot in the draft to take a quarterback. Those plans fell through, but it looks like they could be in line to do the same for Paxton Lynch, who watched his stock increase with quarterbacks set to go in the top two picks.

As storylines develop for Thursday, one to keep in mind: The #Saints had talks about moving up to No. 1 for a QB. Will they do it for Lynch?

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 26, 2016

The question of Drew Brees’s future in New Orleans has been around for some time, despite him saying that he wants to retire as a Saint. This doesn’t mean, however, that they wouldn’t want to find a replacement for him and have him train up under the surefire Hall of Fame inductee for the next few years.

However, it may not be the best thing for the Saints to take a quarterback in the first round when they are clearly in need of help on the defensive side of the ball or possibly in the receiving game.

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