The 2016 NFL Draft is just a couple of days away and the New Orleans Saints have the 12th overall selection. According to the latest draft rumors, the Saints are interested in taking quarterback Paxton Lynch.
In a report by NFL.com, New Orleans will reportedly select Lynch if he is still available. However, the Saints will likely trade up if they think that the San Francisco 49ers (7th overall) and Cleveland Browns (8th overall) will draft a QB with their picks.
“Quarterback Drew Brees isn’t going to play forever and coach Sean Payton just signed a long-term extension. He needs to start planning for the future and I’m not sure Garrett Grayson is the answer,” NFL Media draft expert Daniel Jeremiah wrote.
Brees is already 37 years old while Grayson, who was drafted in the third round of last year’s draft, did not play in a single game last season. He is not seen by the franchise as their next quarterback once Brees retires.
Many experts believe that this draft is the best opportunity for the Saints to find a QB for the future and Paxton Lynch from the Memphis Tigers is their guy. According to CBS Sports, Lynch is an athletic, dual-threat QB with a good frame and body that needs to hit the weight room and improve his decision making.
In an interview with the NFL Network, Paxton Lynch said that he is okay with being chosen by New Orleans and learn everything he can from Drew Brees. He thinks that his career will benefit from learning from one of the best quarterbacks of his era.
“Someone like Drew Brees with the Saints, he’s been through it before. He’s had a great career there and he’s won a Super Bowl, so a guy like that knows what kind of work you’ve got to put in to win championships and knows how to do it the right way,” Lynch added.
According to NOLA.com, Brees would like to negotiate a contract extension with the Saints before entering the 2016-17 season. He only has a year remaining from the five-year deal he signed with New Orleans in 2011.
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