New Orleans Saints: Will Sean Payton Draft A QB?

The 2018 NFL Draft is just around the corner and there are a lot of questions to be answered in the first round. One team that seems to have as many questions as any other team is the New Orleans Saints.

The Saints hold the No. 27 pick in the first round and they have been rumored to be taking a number of positions. From defensive lineman to wide receiver to linebacker, the Saints could have a pretty interesting first round next week. However, it seems pretty clear that the team won’t be drafting the heir apparent to quarterback Drew Brees, at least not in 2018.

SI.com’s Peter King published a story on the first six picks in the 2018 NFL Draft on Sunday, April 15. He took a look at those picks and what the teams could do with them. An interesting note in the story was from New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton.

Payton said that the quarterbacks in this draft class don’t seem to have as much potential as the ones in years passed. He did seem to mention liking USC quarterback Sam Darnold, but the praise seemed to come with an asterisk.

I don’t see Luck in this draft, and I don’t see Carson Wentz, who I liked a lot coming into the draft,” Saints coach Sean Payton said Saturday. He’s in the market for a passer. “I’d feel a little bit uneasy if I were at the top of this draft and I decided I had to have a quarterback. The pressure to get a quarterback is so great in this league, I get that. But we can’t create ’em. I wouldn’t be surprised if only one of these guys is left standing in four or five years, and if so, I’d guess it would be Sam Darnold.”

This would lead many to believe that the Saints coach does not seem to want to select a quarterback in the first round if at all in the 2018 NFL Draft. With Brees signing a new two-year deal worth $50 million about a month ago, it is pretty clear the future Hall of Fame quarterback will be sticking around through the 2019 season. This gives the Saints plenty of time to find his replacement in the next three drafts, but you would tend to believe they would like to give their new signal caller a year or two to sit behind Brees and learn from one of the best.

The 2018 NFL Draft should be pretty interesting for the New Orleans Saints, but it certainly still looks like Drew Brees is the man in the Crescent City.

Caleb Bailey is a seven-year veteran of the sports journalism world. Be sure to follow him on Twitter for more of his work with Lifestyle Sports 101.