New Orleans Saints Draft Analysis: 88th overall pick, Jalen Hurts
Looking forward to the 2020 NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints have the 88th overall pick. Let’s analyze the best selection they could make in this spot.
We have already discussed in previous topics, that the quarterback situation for the New Orleans Saints in critical, obviously.
All three rostered quarterbacks are free agents going into 2020 and all three are potential starting candidates for not only the Saints but anyone else as well.
There are multiple ways the New Orleans Saints could choose to play this out. They could let two go and sign one; they could try to retain two or all three, or they could sign back Drew Brees and draft a quarterback to train under him.
The possibility is there for the Saints to trade up for someone like Tua Tagovailoa or Joe Burrow, but what if they aren’t willing to give up what it would take to get up in the top ten draft picks. In steps former Alabama and Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts.
Jalen Hurts has the comparison of quarterbacks like Lamar Jackson and Kyler Murray. The future of the NFL quarterback is in there. Hurts has good lateral ability and has become a dynamic playmaker for two top FBS schools.
In Alabama, Hurts was a playmaker, but most of it came through his feet. Since arriving at Oklahoma, he has been turned into an elite passer as well. The transformation for Hurts will not go unnoticed as he could be the biggest steal of the draft.
He does have a weakness though. He has become a better passer than his days at Alabama, but he is nowhere, where he should be for the NFL or a Lamar Jackson comparison. He spends more time worrying about not getting sacks and running around the backfield than scanning the field.
He has fundamental throwing keys to work on as well. However, we are talking about the same staff that formed a future Hall-of-Fame quarterback Drew Brees. They could take their time and work on Hurts as Drew Brees has at least a couple of years left.
A transformed Jalen Hurts could be the future of the New Orleans Saints, think about Aaron Rodgers training under Brett Favre, the time to focus on his fundamentals and learn from a guy like Drew Brees could give him the upper hand in his career that others won’t get.