With nine picks in the 2015 draft, including five in the first three rounds, the Saints are well-positioned to add some young talent at positions of need.
One position that isn’t a pressing need is quarterback; after all, Drew Brees is under contract for two more seasons. However, with no heir apparent to Brees, it wouldn’t be a surprise if New Orleans drafted a young passer.
And according to a published report, there is one quarterback in the Class of 2015 with whom the Saints could be especially fond.
In his first-round mock draft, well-connected Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Bob McGinn has New Orleans taking Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty with the No. 31 pick.
According to McGinn, the Saints believe Petty is “the best pure passer in the draft.”
Per multiple reports, the Saints put Petty through a private workout earlier this month.
The No. 31 pick was acquired in the deal that sent tight end Jimmy Graham to Seattle. The Saints also have their own first-round selection (No. 13). In addition, the Saints have one second-round choice (No. 44) and two third-round picks (Nos. 75 and 78).
The Bills have also been linked to Petty after meeting with him on Tuesday. However, the Bills don’t have a first-rounder and don’t pick until 50th overall.
Indeed, the QB intrigue in the 2015 draft doesn’t end with where Marcus Mariota lands.