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3 Quarterbacks the Saints Can Draft to Replace Drew Brees

Max Staley
Drew Brees is likely retiring and these three passers could be his replacement.
Drew Brees is likely retiring and these three passers could be his replacement. / Chris Graythen/Getty Images
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Nothing is official quite yet, but it sure seems like Drew Brees has played his last down in the NFL. Brees is obviously an irreplaceable figure considering what he has meant to the New Orleans Saints over his 15-year tenure with the team.

But the Saints will need to start someone at QB in 2021. If Sean Payton decides Taysom Hill and Jameis Winston aren't the answer, GM Mickey Loomis will likely be forced to search for a new QB in the 2021 NFL Draft due to the team's outrageous salary cap issues.

With that in mind, here are three QBs the Saints can draft in 2021 to replace Brees.

3. Trey Lance, North Dakota State

Trey Lance could be New Orleans' long-term answer at QB.
Trey Lance could be New Orleans' long-term answer at QB. / Sam Wasson/Getty Images

Of all the names on this list, Trey Lance feels like the least likely option to end up in New Orleans. He's projected to be more of a mid-first-round pick and the Saints aren't on the clock until No. 28 overall. With elite athleticism and a cannon for an arm, he's the type of prospect teams can fall in love with, though. And he just might be attractive enough to the Saints to warrant a deal. He's basically a super-powered version of Taysom Hill. It's not hard to imagine Payton drawing up unique ways to get the most out of Lance. He's a raw, but few organizations would put Lance in a better place to succeed than New Orleans. Don't be surprised if the Saints make a move to trade up for Lance.

2. Sam Ehlinger, Texas

Sam Ehlinger could be a steal in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Sam Ehlinger could be a steal in the 2021 NFL Draft. / Peter Aiken/Getty Images

Sam Ehlinger isn't nearly the prospect that Lance is, but he's a significantly cheaper option. He's likely coming off the board in Day 3 of the Draft. Ehlinger was pretty productive at Texas, tossing 83 TDs to 20 INTs in his last three seasons. He's a legitimate dual-threat, too, rushing for at least 377 yards on 113 attempts in all four collegiate seasons, scoring at least 7 rushing TDs in each of the past three years. His versatility could make him attractive to Payton. And the fact that he's likely to be very cheap would be a huge plus for a team that's in salary cap hell.

1. Kyle Trask, Florida

Kyle Trask could be a great option for the Saints.
Kyle Trask could be a great option for the Saints. / Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Kyle Trask is projected to come off the board toward the end of the first round, putting him right in range for the Saints. He's much more of a pocket passer than the other two names on this list, but he was undoubtedly the most productive option of the three in 2020. Trask finished fourth in Heisman voting this year, throwing for 4,283 yards with 43 TDs to 8 INTs. Trask feels like the kind of player who will step into the league and be competent right away, especially when playing for a QB whisperer like Payton. If he's on the board at No. 28, this is a natural fit.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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