New Orleans Saints could pull draft shock and pick Drew Brees' replacement

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The 2015 NFL Draft is today and as is normal with any draft, a large amount of focus is placed on the quarterback's at the top of the board.

This year we have two former Heisman winners in the class and both of them look set to go at the top of the draft. Jameis Winston is all but certain to be the 1st overall pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while teams are falling over themselves to trade up for Marcus Mariota.

But nothing is ever said about the quarterback's available after those two. The gap between the top talents and the next group is cavernous, but the New Orleans Saints don't seem too put off by that.

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New QB in NO

According to a report from the Times-Picayune, the Saints could be about to select a quarterback that could eventually take over from veteran play caller Drew Brees under center in New Orleans. Saints GM Mickey Loomis hinted that they would seriously considering bringing a new QB in.

"I think you're always looking for a good quarterback to get in the program..." Loomis said. "If an opportunity presents itself, we'll take another one here. I don't see the end for Drew Brees on the short term horizon, at least I certainly hope not."

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Loomis didn't mention where in the draft the Saints would be selecting this quarterback, but with two picks in the first round of the draft, the Saints could have a new QB by the end of tonight. 

It would be pointless for New Orleans to use the 13th overall pick on a play-caller as Mariota and Winston will both be long gone by then. So the more likely option will be the 31st pick that they received from the Seahawks as part of the Jimmy Graham

Petty Pick?

We also know which quarterback the Saints reportedly like the most in the draft. Step forward former Baylor Bears slinger Bryce Petty, who apparently caught the Saints eye with his impressive arm power.

In his first-round mock draft, well-connected Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Bob McGinn has New Orleans taking Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty with the No. 31 pick.

According to McGinn, the Saints believe Petty is “the best pure passer in the draft.” Per multiple reports, the Saints put Petty through a private workout earlier this month.


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