The New Orleans Saints made an interesting trade ahead of the draft to add an additional first-round pick. The move made outsiders wonder if the team was considering either using one of those picks on a quarterback or simply adding enough ammunition to make a move up to grab a signal-caller if it came to that.
Head coach Dennis Allen spoke to the media on Friday and said that the Saints were not targeting a quarterback. He did mention, however, that the team did their homework on the quarterbacks and had certain spots where they might have considered adding one.
As we know, this quarterback class wasn’t highly-thought-of and that showed during the actual draft. Kenny Pickett was the only quarterback selected in the first two rounds and a little bit of a run happened in the third round with Desmond Ridder, Malik Willis, and Matt Corral coming off the board.
Dennis Allen says Saints weren’t interested in drafting QB
Fans were perfectly fine with the team not spending one of the six picks (eight when the draft first kicked off) on a signal-caller.
New Orleans re-signed Jameis Winston on a two-year deal and also inked Andy Dalton to be their backup for the 2022 season. They also have Ian Book entering year 2 of his pro career and while Taysom Hill is transitioning to tight end, he could step into the quarterback role if desperate times arrive.
Had the team spent a draft pick on a quarterback, whoever the pick was probably wouldn’t have started until 2023. With Winston under contract for two years, even that might not have happened though.
As the draft progressed and guys like Sam Howell and Carson Strong continued to slide, I would have been okay with the team spending a Day 3 pick on either of those guys but they went with defensive players. D’Marco Jackson and Jordan Jackson will likely provide more in the 2022 season than a rookie quarterback would have, or at least that’s the hope amongst the fan base.
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What are your thoughts on this, Saints fans? Did you want the team to spend a draft pick on a quarterback?