The Saints are once again doing homework on quarterbacks.
The team hosted former Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson for a visit on Tuesday, according to sources. Teams are permitted to host 30 prospects before the draft.
Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael and quarterbacks coach Joe Lombardi were recently in attendance at Louisville's pro day.
New Orleans has shown interest in several of the draft's top quarterbacks in recent seasons. Last year, the team seriously considered drafting Patrick Mahomes before Kansas City jumped the Saints to select him.
Coach Sean Payton was asked about Jackson last month and noted that he was impressed with Jackson's presence.
“I like him. I like him. He’s athletic. He’s got a magic smile to him. He’s a leader,” Payton said. “With Lamar, you feel it in the room, and you can tell he can lead. ... He’s a special guy. You just have to be around him, interview him, and you can see why he was successful.”
Payton also noted that the next quarterback of the Saints isn't likely to be a carbon copy of Drew Brees and that he would tailor his offense to suit whoever eventually replaces the incumbent starter.
“The trick for a team that takes a quarterback at any point to become or to compete to become a starter, one of our jobs is to look closely at what are the things that player does best,” Payton said.
He continued: “If he’s your quarterback, you start looking closely at what he did well at Louisville, and you build that way. We’re never wanting to just take any of these players ... and enter the game and view them just as Drew entered the game. They’re different athletes.”