Could the Bryce Petty be the eventual successor to Drew Brees?
The New Orleans Saints are reportedly very interested in drafting former Baylor QB Bryce Petty in the first the 2015 NFL draft.
NFL.com insider Ian Rapoport reported that the New Orleans Saints are considering taking Petty in the first round of the NFL draft, which would likely make him the heir apparent to Saints’ 9-year starter and all-time leading passer Drew Brees.
Saints GM Mickey Loomis has previously stated that the is open to drafting a QB despite having one in place with the 35-year-old Brees. In an interview with ESPN.com, Loomis said if the opportunity to invest in a QB of the future presented itself, they would probably take it.
“I think you’re always looking to get a young quarterback in the program,” Loomis said. “We’ve got one in Ryan Griffin that we like. And if an opportunity presents itself, hey, we may take another one here… But I don’t see the end for Drew Brees on the short-term horizon. At least I certainly hope not. But it does take time for these quarterbacks to develop. And we’re conscious of that.”
Petty led the Baylor Bears to two straight Big 12 conference titles and was the MVP of the 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic. He was named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year in 2013 and finished in the top 10 for Heisman Trophy votes in each of his two seasons as a starter.
The Saints hold the 13th and 31st picks in the 2015 NFL draft.