Pro Bowl quarterback and Super Bowl champion Drew Brees has had an exceptional career with the New Orleans Saints, and still has great years to come.
The Black and Gold plan to get as much out of him as possible. At the age of 35, and with a fourth child on the way, Brees has a lot on his plate. He has three years left on his current contract; will he sign a one or two-year extension in 2017? Saints fans certainly hope so, but a rare opportunity is just a month away. A quarterback-deep NFL draft is on the horizon, so should the Saints consider selecting a QB to learn the game behind one of the all-time greats? Grabbing one in the third or fourth round may be a good decision by GM Mickey Loomis and coach Sean Payton.
Louisiana State University QB Zach Mettenberger brings size and phenomenal arm strength to the draft. He is a little heavy-footed and takes a while to get rid of the ball, but as a pure pocket passer, learning behind Brees would be ideal for the LSU Tiger. Mettenberger finished the 2013 season off completing 64.9 percent of his passes for 3,082 yards (third in LSU history to pass for 3,000 yards), 22 touchdowns and eight interceptions. After going out with a bang at today’s pro day, Mettenberger should rise up the draft board. Grabbing him in the third round is still a possibility for the Saints.
University of Alabama QB AJ McCarron would be another viable option for the Saints in the third or fourth round. McCarron is a winner; he has the pro-style play and mental toughness to be a good quarterback in the NFL. However, his deep throw accuracy is not all there and tends to force the big play. There is always room for improvement in the NFL, and backing up Brees is a great way to learn and improve you weaknesses. While I think Mettenberger is a better option (but may not be available), it would be tough to pass on McCarron and all his accomplishments.
Brees definitely has a few great years left, but drafting and molding a young quarterback behind such an elite player would be exemplary for the Saints. New Orleans should definitely keep a lookout for one of these young talents. Payton and Loomis attended LSU’s pro day today, so he saw what Mettenberger was capable of doing.
Let’s wait and see what the Saints have up their sleeve come Draft Day.