For New Orleans Saints’ fans, dreaming is wonderful. Our minds relax and we see things so vividly, with such clarity. All of our dreams come true and the world is rainbows and lollipops.
Then reality smacks you in the face. It smacked the New Orleans Saints in the face on Monday following their Wild Card loss.
That said, I am a realist. The New Orleans Saints will not and should not be making a play for Joe Burrow with the number one pick of the draft.
New Orleans area folks in particular, but all that bleed Black and Gold or Purple and Gold, have the dream. The LSU Tigers go 15-0 and win the national championship. Joe Burrow is as good a QB as college football has ever seen.
Drew Brees is in the winter of his Hall of Fame career. You move up in the draft to get Burrow and re-sign Brees, knowing that when he steps away in another season or two, the Saints go forward with a bigger, stronger Brees clone.
It sounds fantastic, but it’s simply not reality. There is no way – no PRUDENT way – for the Saints to move up into the number one spot from the number 24 spot to get a shot at Joe Burrow.
Before we even begin the conversation of the Saints moving up for Burrow, understand that Cincinnati NEEDS a franchise quarterback. And who could possibly be better than a kid from less than three hours away in Ohio, the Heisman Trophy winner who will fill your stadium every Sunday?
Cincinnati is not likely to move this pick and even more highly unlikely to move it to a team as far down the line as the Saints. But let’s continue with why the dream doesn’t work.