Saints looking for particular type of quarterback at Senior Bowl

Andy Dalton, Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints
Andy Dalton, Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints / Chris Graythen/GettyImages

The New Orleans Saints made it clear that quarterback is a priority this offseason. Step one is the Senior Bowl, and the Saints have a certain type in mind.

Senior Bowl season is in full swing, and while it may not be getting as much attention as the Super Bowl, that doesn't mean it isn't held in high importance. For a team like the New Orleans Saints, this is offseason is a huge one, primarily due to the mystery and intrigue around who their starting quarterback will be for the foreseeable future. Luckily, the Saints appear to have a plan in place.

Jeff Ireland spoke with SI at the Senior Bowl on Wednesday, and stated how the organization "has to find one" when it comes to a quarterback, which pretty much closes the door on the Jameis Winston-era in New Orleans.

While the Derek Carr-Saints speculation is ramping up, Ireland had some interesting things to say on the topic of drafting one. Here's a snippet:

""You're looking for a very consistent evaluation on the quarterback position. We have to all be in on that particular evaluation and say 'Yeah, we all want this guy'. So, whether he's a running quarterback, a dual-threat quarterback, I mean ideally, if you're asking me directly, I like the dual threat quarterbacks, but they gotta be able to throw when they're hurt. So, when they can't move their legs, they gotta be able to throw. But, I do like the dual-threat guys.""

Jeff Ireland

Definitely interesting. Immeidatley, a knee-jerk reaction could be that perhaps the Saints would be interested in drafting Anthony Richardson out of the University of Florida in the first round. It may take some wheeling and dealing, but that's nothing the Saints aren't used to. Richardson fits this mold, and fans appear to be in on it if it's on the table.

It's easy to see why the Saints would want a dual-threat quarterback, especially given what Jalen Hurts has done in the NFC, a conference suddenly resembling a barren wasteland for quarterbacks, by advancing to Super Bowl LVII. Then of course there's Taysom Hill, but that's a conversation for another day.

At the end of the day, the New Orleans Saints need to find their guy. Fortuantely, they have a lot of time to ensure they make the right move. That said, this little tidbit may just be a glimpse into the future of the team's quarterback future.