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Saints Coach Sean Payton:  excited about NFL Draft despite no first round pick  

Kristian Garic
April 23, 2019 - 11:15 pm
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The Saints will have to exercise patience Thursday night during the NFL Draft. Without a first round pick, the Saints are still going through draft preparations, cross checking prospects and devouring last minute film of players in this year’s draft.  

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Head Coach Sean Payton and Executive Vice President and General Manager Mickey Loomis are historically aggressive on draft day.  Simply put, they make trades for players they like.  Even Payton acknowledges it’s going to be hard for the Saints to move up into the early stages of the first round, but didn’t totally rule out moving into the back half of round one, if they’re hooked on a certain player. “It’s hard to predict until you see the players that fall. You’re not going to move from 62 to 10 or 15.  You might move to 31 maybe; it would just be specific to a player.  The plan would be to go in and arrive knowing that we’re putting our suits on,”  Payton explained.  The Saints typically wear suits on the first day of the draft, signifying their business approach.  

The Saints have had success drafting in the middle to late rounds.  Marques Colston, Zach Strief, JahriEvans, Terron Armstead were all selected outside of the top two rounds by the Payton regime.  Not only have the Saints had success there, they’ve found gold after the draft.  History tells the story of premium prospects amongst un-drafted players.  Look at the exciting choices of Pierre Thomas, Chris Ivory, Josh Hill and others.  “There are a lot of good football players that aren’t going to be selected.  Anytime you can find a player after the draft that can contribute in some way. That might as well be a 5th, 6thor 7th round pick,” said Payton.

The Saints head coach also talked about the Black & Gold’s challenging schedule, pointing out the back to back west coast trips to Los Angeles and Seattle in weeks two and three.  “We’ll probably play out west and stay out west,” Payton added. 

The Saints open the season with four straight matchups against playoff teams from a year ago.  Let’s see if the Black & Gold brass live up to their reputation of smart moves and incomparable player choices. 

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