Reason No. 2: Uncertainty at Quarterback
If anyone has an inside scoop as to what the Saints plan to do at the quarterback position moving forward, that would be greatly appreciated! In other words, that answer is a complete mystery.
Head coach Sean Payton’s fondness of Taysom Hill has been made clear for some time, but call me skeptical that a 30-year-old undrafted free agent with 15 career pass attempts is a future franchise quarterback.
Could Jameis Winston be the answer at quarterback? He’s a talented passer who has constantly ranked at the top of the league in big-time throws, but there is a reason no one signed him to be a starting quarterback this offseason; his turnover issues are well-documented.
I would love to see what Payton could do for him by decreasing his time to throw and putting him in a far more favorable situation than he had in Tampa Bay, but that will require significant buy-in on Payton’s part.
When it is all said and done, the Saints’ best option when it comes to finding their next franchise quarterback would be through the draft.
Although they won’t be in a position to draft Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields, there is a lot of depth in this year’s quarterback class, including two “toolsy” options in North Dakota State’s Trey Lance and BYU’s Zach Wilson.
While I generally am against drafting these high-variance, “low floor” style of quarterbacks, that concern is mitigated by placing him in a tremendous situation; a well-regarded play-caller, multiple offensive weapons, and a stable offensive line.
Given where the Saints are drafting, they may need to trade up to get said quarterback, which is the only time it is mathematically sound to do so. What would make that process easier. Extra draft picks, of course!