In 2015, the Dallas Cowboys lost their starting quarterback, Tony Romo for the majority of the season with a fractured collarbone injury that he suffered in Week 2 against the Philadelphia Eagles. As a result of that, the Cowboys would not win another game without Romo under the center.
The safety net of not having a viable option at the backup quarterback position ruined the Cowboys chances of making the playoffs. That’s why the Saints need to draft a quarterback in the later rounds of the 2016 NFL Draft.
In the third round of last year’s draft, they selected quarterback Garrett Grayson out of Colorado State University. Grayson is expected by many to become Drew Brees’s heir apparent shortly. However; they may need to draft another quarterback for continuity reasons. The reason is that you need to have another quarterback on the roster that is familiar with the offense.
A lack of continuity is why the backup quarterbacks for the Cowboys struggled in 2015. Even if Grayson turns out to be the real deal, the Saints need a reliable option at the backup quarterback position. It’s almost like they would be drafting a backup for the backup. Head coach Sean Payton has showed that he is indeed a quarterback whisper.
Even though the Saints lost the first game against the Carolina Panthers in Week 3, quarterback Luke McCown did an exceptional job stepping in for Drew Brees while he was injured. It is not set in stone right now, but McCown may not be in a Saints uniform next season. They have Matt Flynn on the roster, but he is only successful running the Green Bay Packers offense.
The Saints have a lot of needs on the defensive side of the ball when it comes to the 2016 NFL Draft. However, selecting a quarterback should be one of them. The Saints should select players on defense in rounds, 1st through 4th. If they decide to choose a tight end or a wide receiver in the 6th round, then they need to draft a quarterback in the seventh round.
The talk among many football experts is that there is no one worthy of becoming a franchise quarterback in this year’s NFL Draft. Those statements may be true, but as the draft approaches, a few quarterbacks will move up on numerous draft boards.
Believe it or not, multiple teams will need to draft a quarterback in this year’s draft. The Saints need to be included in those teams that will need to select a quarterback in this year’s NFL Draft.
Brees turned 37 a few weeks ago, and it’s time for another quarterback to start learning Sean Payton’s system so that they could be ready if Brees goes down with an injury that could sideline him for a significant amount of time. Here’s a list of quarterbacks that could be available in the later rounds of the draft for the Saints to select.
Quarterbacks that might be available in later rounds of the 2016 NFL Draft.
1. Kevin Hogan: Stanford
2. Cardale Jones: Ohio State
3. Trevonne Boykin: TCU
4. Cody Kessler: USC
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