Saints to honor Tom Benson during NFL draft

Saints general manager Mickey Loomis has plenty on his plate for final preparations ahead of Thursday night’s draft.

The Saints, however, enter the league’s annual three-day selection process with a heavy heart given the absence of owner Tom Benson, who passed away on March 15 at the age of 90.

I’ve tried not to think about that, but we miss him on a daily basis, Loomis told reporters during a Wednesday morning pre-draft news conference. The success of the Pelicans, his excitement level would’ve been off the charts, and having a horse in the Kentucky Derby and all these good things that have happened in the last few weeks.

We had five picks in the first three rounds last year, Loomis said. So, we don’t have that opportunity this year — we’ve got two — and we’re picking later.

The opportunity is different. I certainly appreciate how big an impact that class had a year ago, and yet I also would say this — that’s one year. Let’s not anoint that class as a big group of Hall of Famers or anything like that. They’ve had one good season and it’s a good season that we can build on, and we’re excited about them.

Denver is a prime candidate to pick a passer, leaving the Bills, Dolphins and Cardinals to ponder a hop-scotching scenario up the board.

If you’re the Browns, you’d happily listen to Arizona, sitting below Miami (at No. 11) and Buffalo (at No. 12) in the No. 15 spot. The Ravens and Bengals sit out there as dark-horse candidates to chase a quarterback, too, but dealing with the division-rival Browns could be expensive. Meanwhile, the Patriots have quietly worked out a handful of arms ahead of Tom Brady’s 41st birthday.

The first round promises plenty of fireworks. The presence of potentially five franchise-altering signal-callers has the league’s quarterback-needy clubs scrambling for position.

Holding two of the draft’s top four selections, the Browns are in perfect position to wheel-and-deal up and down the Best Place To Buy Cheap Jerseys board while accruing additional Buy Cheap Jerseys Online draft capital for the future.

Sound familiar? Someone find Sashi Brown and buy that man a beer.

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