The idea of Taysom Hill as Saints QB is good but the unknowns are plentiful
It makes a lot of sense for Sean Payton to be intrigued about the possibilities of Taysom Hill as his starting quarterback.
The Saints may soon tender Hill with a first rounder, meaning any team that signs him to a contract as a restricted free agent will have to forfeit a first round pick if New Orleans does not match the offer.
It is understandable why the Saints value Hill, a versatile athlete who has made plays everywhere – on special teams, as a wide receiver, as a runner and as a running quarterback.
However, is he a quarterback good enough to replace Drew Brees?
Hill said he believes he’s a franchise quarterback.
My reaction: It is hard to tell based on the numbers. In the NFL. Hill has completed 6 of 13 passes.
So, no one, not even the Saints head coach, knows for sure.
If Hill works out as the next starter behind center, he makes a lot of financial numbers work for the Saints.
New Orleans would have a star under what would likely be a team-friendly deal. The cash freed up by such a transaction could be used for long term deals on running back Alvin Kamara, cornerback Marshon Lattimore and offensive tackle Ryan Ramcyzk. All three are part of a stellar 2017 draft class.
If the Saints attempted to move up in the upcoming draft to pick a franchise quarterback, the price would be exorbitant.
In 2016, the Los Angeles Rams moved up from 15 to 1 in a trade with Tennessee. With the first pick, the Rams selected quarterback Jared Goff.
The loot for Tennessee was well … titanic. The Titans picked up six selections, all in the first three rounds, including a pair of first round picks.
So, Taysom Hill works. In theory.
Is he a great decision maker though? Can he throw accurately?
Drew Brees checks both of the above boxes. They are big reasons why he’s earned about $250 million in the NFL.
There’s no question that the offense would change with Hill running it. His mobility would be a big asset.
Hill has been mentioned in the same breath with 49ers Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young. I get the comparison. Both ran like wild horses, both played college football at BYU.
After a stint in the USFL, when Steve Young came into the NFL, he was far more of a polished passer than Taysom Hill.
In 2006, Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis made the right decision. Even though he was coming off major shoulder surgery, Drew Brees was their target.
Without Brees, none of the last 14 years is possible.
So, are they correct in their “vision” for Hill? Is he the next Steve Young or the next Bobby Douglass. Sean Payton, who grew up in Chicago, would understand the comparison.
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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…