(WVUE) - If you could describe the Saints 2017 draft in one word, epic comes to mind. The class reaped numerous starters, and catapulted the Black and Gold into the playoffs. With success comes higher expectations to draft solid again, but GM Mickey Loomis doesn't see it that way.
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"I don't know if pressure is the right word. Look last year we had five picks in the first three rounds, this year we have two. It's a different opportunity then we had a year ago. Obviously we're excited about the players we got. Excited about the contributions that they made. Hopefully we can get some players that can have that level of contribution in this year's draft," said Mickey Loomis.
The Saints first pick is at the bottom of round one, which means anything and everything unexpected could unfold leading up to their choice.
"Look it's just harder to determine who will be available to you when you get to that point in the draft. Look a year ago we picked in the 32nd spot, and we got a really good player who we're excited about for a number of years. We're looking to have that same opportunity again," said Loomis.
With a talent-rich QB class, could the Black and Gold be in the market for one Thursday night. Last month Sean Payton tipped his hand on his admiration for Lamar Jackson out of Louisville. But draftnicks also point out Payton could be laying down a smokescreen.
"Oh I like him. You watch him play. He's athletic, he's got a magic smile to him. He's a fantastic leader. One thing we understand as coaches there's not going to be another Drew Brees clone that we draft, but we'll keep looking. The trick for a team that takes a quarterback at any point to compete to become a starter. One of our jobs is too look closely at the the things that player does best. With Lamar you can feel it in the room, and you can tell he can lead," said Sean Payton.