Report: Saints view Baylor’s Bryce Petty as best 'pure passer' in the draft _lowres

Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty (Associated Press)

The Saints kicked the tires on Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty last week, putting him through a private workout last week.

And according the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, it might have been more than cursory glance. Bob McGinn, who is one the more well-connected people covering the NFL, reports the Saints view Petty as the best “pure passer” in this draft and predicts the Saints will take him with the 31st pick.

While that seems a bit high to take a quarterback, considering that Drew Brees is still around and producing at a high level, it requires noting again that Brees is 36 and will be a free agent after the 2016 season.

If the Saints don’t want to sign Brees to another big contract when he’s even closer to 40, it might be prudent to start thinking of a succession plan now, instead of waiting until one is needed.

Speaking on Wednesday, general manager Mickey Loomis did not rule out the possibility of taking a quarterback.

“I think you’re always looking for a good quarterback to get in the program,” Loomis said. “We have one in Ryan Griffin we like. If an opportunity presents itself, we’ll take another one here. I don’t see the end for Drew Brees on the short term horizon, at least I certainly hope not. It does take time for these quarterbacks to develop and we’re conscious of that. We evaluate the quarterbacks. If the opportunity presents itself to take one at the right time, we are not afraid to do that. ”