(WVUE) - At some point we know that finding the successor to Drew Brees will be the New Orleans Saints' top priority. What we don't know is when that time will be.
Personally, I don't think it's 2017. I'm not particularly enamored with anyone in the draft class and the need at quarterback hasn't become an absolute must just yet. Next year's crop could be better and there are some notable signal callers (Jimmy Garropolo, A.J. McCarron) scheduled to hit the free agent market.
But the Saints aren't wrong to disagree. The position is too important and they may believe it's too risky to wait any longer. If they truly believe the time is right, they should demonstrate that with their selection. If the Saints go quarterback, they have to go early with that selection.
For this draft, it all boils down to two spots: first round at 32 or second round at 42. 11 is too early. There are far too many present needs to take a quarterback there. But anything after the second round, the success rate drops significantly.
Sure, there are the success stories of Russell Wilson and Dak Prescott. But those stories are rare. The Ringer did a good breakdown of what has to happen for those situations to manifest themselves. But in the long run, they overwhelmingly fail more than they succeed.
The Saints should know. They used the 75th pick in the 2015 draft to take Garrett Grayson. That selection may have been higher than any other Saints quarterback drafted except for Archie Manning but was also low enough to walk away if it didn't work out. The Saints essentially did that during Grayson's second season, though he found his way back on the team's practice squad.
Point being, if 2017 is truly the year they believe they can find their future at quarterback then they must try a different approach than the one they just tried with Grayson.
That makes 32 and 42 the most viable options.
Yes, it's risky. But if it yields the future face of the franchise, the reward will be worth it.