Saints fans should pay close attention to quarterbacks at Senior Bowl

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The Senior Bowl is on Saturday and the New Orleans Saints should be paying close attention to the six signal-callers expected to suit up and play in the game.

Here are the six quarterbacks on the Senior Bowl roster:

American Team

  • Sam Howell
  • Malik Willis
  • Bailey Zappe

National Team

  • Kenny Pickett
  • Desmond Ridder
  • Carson Strong

Recent mock drafts around the web have linked New Orleans to drafting a quarterback in the first round so the Senior Bowl will give the team a good opportunity to see if any of these guys are worth spending the No. 18 pick on.

Saints can get a good look at the quarterbacks in the Senior Bowl

Out of this bunch, all but Zappe have been said to be first-round prospects at one point or another. As of now, Howell, Pickett, and Willis are most frequently the ones projected to go in the first round, per various mock drafts with Pickett being widely considered as the best quarterback in this draft. He might be the only signal-caller that NOLA doesn’t have a realistic shot at landing.

The good news, however, is that the Saints should be able to land at least one of these guys if they do elect to go with a quarterback in the first round. The Draft Network only gave Pickett a first-round grade while Zappe is someone who could still be on the board on Day 3.

I’ll be closely watching all six of these guys to see if they could be potential options for New Orleans in 2022 and beyond. Having Sean Payton around would have made this a more intriguing situation to see who would fit his scheme but now, things are pretty wide open as far as who New Orleans could take.

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All six quarterbacks have something intriguing about them but we’ll have to see who everyone is buzzing about when the Senior Bowl concludes on Saturday.