Saints make exciting move to draft Ian Book

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Ian Book

If I were the New Orleans Saints, I would be very excited.

They may have just drafted their quarterback of the future, and they get him for a relative song, a 4th round pick.

Notre Dame’s Ian Book is a guy that caught my eye in the Citrus Bowl against LSU.

The Tigers had the better team, but Notre Dame was the winning team that day. It’s because they had Ian Book, who came off the bench to throw two touchdown passes including the game winner late.

In his Zoom call with New Orleans media, Book said he still looks at video of that LSU game, which he says was the one that convinced him that he could compete at a high level.

Book is a flat-out winner.

With 30 victories, he’s the winningest quarterback in the history of Notre Dame football.

And his numbers, against the best teams, say that he translates to the next level.

That’s why in the days before the draft, I identified Book as a guy the Saints should select.

That New Orleans, a team with many needs heading into this season, would use a fourth round pick on a quarterback tells you what they think of Book.

The three-year Irish starter threw for over 300 yards against Clemson last November. He was 23 of 33 for 279 yards against North Carolina, without a turnover. In the latter game, he passed Brady Quinn for the longest streak of throws without an interception in school history.

Book ended the 2020 season with a record of 30 wins and 5 losses as the Notre Dame quarterback.

The irony of the Saints selection of Book is pretty thick. The Notre Dame quarterback is coming to the Saints while the newly retired Saints quarterback will be a TV analyst for Notre Dame football.

There’s another Louisiana connection to note. One of Book’s quarterback coaches is Craig Nall, the former LSU quarterback who later transferred to Northwestern State before he was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 5th round of the 2002 draft.

Ian Book does a lot of the things that Drew Brees did.

He throws accurately, leads and wins.

What is there not to like?

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Ed Daniels

Ed Daniels

WGNO Sports Director/106.1 FM

Ed is a New Orleans native, born at Baptist Hospital. He graduated Rummel High School, class of 1975, and subsequently graduated from Loyola University. Ed started in TV in 1977 as first sports intern at WVUE Channel 8. He became Sports Director at KPLC TV Channel 7 in Lake Charles in 1980. In 1982 he was hired as sports reporter…

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