When thinking of the New Orleans Saints‘ draft needs, chances are the quarterback position isn’t at the top of the list. The team has Drew Brees, and it’s because of him that the Saints don’t need to worry about the position. That said, times are changing, and this is the year the Saints need to select a quarterback in the NFL Draft. Aaron Murray out of Georgia should be the target for the team.
Drew Brees is 35 years old, and without a real backup plan in place, the Saints have been playing a risky game over the past few seasons, hedging their bets that Brees will stay healthy. However, by picking up Murray in May’s draft, the Saints need not to worry about the backup quarterback situation anymore. Throw in the fact that, because he is 35 Brees is much closer to the end of his career than the beginning, and the decision to target a QB becomes much more important.
As for Murray, his college game tape says a lot about him as a player. With underrated arm strength and solid accuracy, Murray’s arm talent is obvious. Not to mention, at his pro day, Murray did a lot to dispel the notion that the ACL tear that ended his season will affect him going forward, as he showed decent mobility on his way to completing 47 of his 54 passes.
Overall, this is an easy decision for the Saints. There is a need on the team for a young quarterback to sit behind Brees and learn until he’s ready to take over the offense, and in Aaron Murray, the Saints would be getting that player.