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Saints News 4/23/13: Saints GM Mickey Loomis Gives Pre-Draft Press Conference

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Says there's been much talk with other teams beyond the Jets over a possible Chris Ivory trade, but no deal is imminent. See tweets below.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Mickey Loomis' pre-draft press conference <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23NFLDraft">#NFLDraft</a> <a href="http://t.co/6GfA7jUyA5" title="http://twitter.com/Saints/status/326795492149317632/photo/1">twitter.com/Saints/status/…</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/326795492149317632">April 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Loomis said they have had discussions with other teams about Chris Ivory but "no deal is imminent" <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/326796112201670658">April 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Loomis said there's been plenty of talks with teams for Chris Ivory outside of the Jets and including the Jets.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/326795864884527104">April 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Loomis said the Saints believe there's a number of good pass rushers in this draft.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/326796347544064000">April 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> Loomis on concept of "best available player": Usually not in a position where there's just one guy graded highest Typically 2 or 3.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/326796271178362880">April 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Loomis: "Usually when you’re selecting and on the clock, it’s not a matter of one guys head and shoulders above everyone else."</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/status/326796174403186691">April 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> GM Loomis:"Our goal in free agency is to fill holes." Listen live: <a href="http://t.co/RVIskHc8le" title="http://bit.ly/WWLRadio">bit.ly/WWLRadio</a></p>&mdash; WWL Radio (@WWLAMFM) <a href="https://twitter.com/WWLAMFM/status/326796089367879680">April 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> GM Loomis on 2nd round pick: "We'd like to have one.This is a year it would be good to have" Listen live: <a href="http://t.co/RVIskHc8le" title="http://bit.ly/WWLRadio">bit.ly/WWLRadio</a></p>&mdash; WWL Radio (@WWLAMFM) <a href="https://twitter.com/WWLAMFM/status/326795939501178881">April 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Loomis on LT: Mentioned Brown and Smith, but clearly there's no starting LT yet.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/326795590245695489">April 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Loomis said he would move back, but not too far back.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/status/326795466488561664">April 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Loomis press conf: "Next day or 2 will talk to most teams to see" about moving up or down in the draft. <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a></p>&mdash; WWL Radio (@WWLAMFM) <a href="https://twitter.com/WWLAMFM/status/326795390076723203">April 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> Loomis said they havent been more active on phones to trade back so far. But those deals typically happen when teams are on clock.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/326795355943477251">April 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Loomis wouldn't say the <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> were more active on the phones than normal because of a lack of a 2nd rounder.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/326795239522181120">April 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> Loomis: Guess this is the deal where you guys ask me questions and I do my best not to answer them.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/326795023377129473">April 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Loomis said there's no question the 3-4 defense will change the way the Saints draft. But have a good handle on players Rob Ryan would want.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/326797209054089216">April 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Loomis said you can't just look at one incident when you're talking character issues within the draft class.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/326797043160973312">April 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> Loomis on the right 'fit':We grade players in several areas (healthy, character issues, etc.) Listen live: <a href="http://t.co/RVIskHc8le" title="http://bit.ly/WWLRadio">bit.ly/WWLRadio</a></p>&mdash; WWL Radio (@WWLAMFM) <a href="https://twitter.com/WWLAMFM/status/326796944469028864">April 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Loomis jokes (well, seriously) that he'd rather be at No. 32 like 31 other teams. But 15 is a good spot to sit tight, has flexibility.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/status/326796651077435393">April 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> GM Loomis: Being in the middle of the first round "is a good spot." Listen live: <a href="http://t.co/RVIskHc8le" title="http://bit.ly/WWLRadio">bit.ly/WWLRadio</a></p>&mdash; WWL Radio (@WWLAMFM) <a href="https://twitter.com/WWLAMFM/status/326796521284714497">April 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Loomis said there are players off the board bc of medical issues, but didn't name which ones.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/status/326797444048384000">April 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> GM Mickey Loomis is set to have his pre-draft press conference in about 10 minutes.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/326792226371928064">April 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>On the train leaving Machu Picchu watching @<a href="https://twitter.com/scottfujita99">scottfujita99</a> retirement press conference for the first… <a href="http://t.co/8SNtY4YQY7" title="http://instagram.com/p/YdW269oWec/">instagram.com/p/YdW269oWec/</a></p>&mdash; team gleason (@team_gleason) <a href="https://twitter.com/team_gleason/status/326778339589242880">April 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>A group shot of our amazing Machu Picchu family! This adventure was epic! <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23awesomeainteasy">#awesomeainteasy</a> @<a href="https://twitter.com/team_gleason">team_gleason</a> <a href="http://t.co/UbufPgeOIx" title="http://twitter.com/A_Life_Story_/status/326776443759640578/photo/1">twitter.com/A_Life_Story_/…</a></p>&mdash; A Life Story (@A_Life_Story_) <a href="https://twitter.com/A_Life_Story_/status/326776443759640578">April 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Two teams so far that have shown some willingness to move up in the draft are Miami and Atlanta.</p>&mdash; Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/326772375037308929">April 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Teams that have made calls about moving back in draft include PHIL, DET, CLEV, BUFF, MIA. Doing what they should.</p>&mdash; Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/326683605185208320">April 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>CONFIRMED leak of new Miami Dolphins uniforms: <a href="http://t.co/tZWtbYB86u" title="http://twitter.com/UniWatch/status/326766611920990208/photo/1">twitter.com/UniWatch/statu…</a></p>&mdash; Paul Lukas (@UniWatch) <a href="https://twitter.com/UniWatch/status/326766611920990208">April 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Roger Goodell: "Bounties? DEATH PENALTY. Massive ongoing corporate fraud involving an owner? No biggie."</p>&mdash; Bart Hubbuch (@HubbuchNYP) <a href="https://twitter.com/HubbuchNYP/status/325307150823985153">April 19, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>I've been personally touched by the story of the Richard Family and the Boston bombings. Please read their story at <a href="http://t.co/b9ffLFVDoX" title="http://richardfamilyfund.org">richardfamilyfund.org</a></p>&mdash; Drew Brees (@drewbrees) <a href="https://twitter.com/drewbrees/status/326766317132730368">April 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>@<a href="https://twitter.com/scottfujita99">scottfujita99</a> had the best retirement I've ever seen. Check out the videos retweeted of his announcement. 1 of the greatest teammates ever.</p>&mdash; Scott Shanle (@scottshanle) <a href="https://twitter.com/scottshanle/status/326765997908455425">April 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>"@<a href="https://twitter.com/saints">saints</a>: VIDEO: @<a href="https://twitter.com/scottfujita99">scottfujita99</a> talks about his decision to retire from football as a Saint in Machu Picchu <a href="http://t.co/4LIHyeDTUy" title="http://bit.ly/15EkFhP">bit.ly/15EkFhP</a>"...great!</p>&mdash; Scott Shanle (@scottshanle) <a href="https://twitter.com/scottshanle/status/326765436295327744">April 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>"@<a href="https://twitter.com/saints">saints</a>: Watch this great retirement "press conference" for @<a href="https://twitter.com/scottfujita99">scottfujita99</a> in Machu Picchu <a href="http://t.co/kqyCsyfqQ1" title="http://bit.ly/10wQk3D">bit.ly/10wQk3D</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a>"....watch this!</p>&mdash; Scott Shanle (@scottshanle) <a href="https://twitter.com/scottshanle/status/326765303981830144">April 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Come out and get coach up by the Pros. @<a href="https://twitter.com/harp41">harp41</a> @<a href="https://twitter.com/markingram22">markingram22</a> @<a href="https://twitter.com/iamisa1">iamisa1</a> @<a href="https://twitter.com/juniorg93">juniorg93</a> @<a href="https://twitter.com/darealtank78">darealtank78</a> &amp; more <a href="http://t.co/PxwK7ypqiJ" title="http://twitter.com/J_7TRE_E/status/326764446074679298/photo/1">twitter.com/J_7TRE_E/statu…</a></p>&mdash; JAHRI EVANS (@J_7TRE_E) <a href="https://twitter.com/J_7TRE_E/status/326764446074679298">April 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Tuesday's Black and Gold Today at <a href="http://t.co/TldOcBoNrl" title="http://NOLA.com">NOLA.com</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> Fujita retires, history of No. 15 pick, @<a href="https://twitter.com/nakiahogan">nakiahogan</a> <a href="http://t.co/6klKm91BP3" title="http://bit.ly/13WIH7t">bit.ly/13WIH7t</a></p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/326758355433582592">April 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Game of Thrones author: Jets G.M. should get the axe <a href="http://t.co/89jQ3EivYU" title="http://wp.me/p14QSB-8t6U">wp.me/p14QSB-8t6U</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/status/326756003049779200">April 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>VIDEO: @<a href="https://twitter.com/scottfujita99">scottfujita99</a> talks about his decision to retire from football as a Saint in Machu Picchu <a href="http://t.co/dQJYxbr5QA" title="http://bit.ly/15EkFhP">bit.ly/15EkFhP</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/326730884805971968">April 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Roger Goodell says he has developed close relationships with some of the players he suspended <a href="http://t.co/hl7QDub1h9" title="http://wp.me/p14QSB-8sX9">wp.me/p14QSB-8sX9</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/status/326729550060982272">April 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Spent time with <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23NewOrleans">#NewOrleans</a> Children's Advocacy Center honoring kids who died from neglect. Fight for those who cant! <a href="http://t.co/6jiYKMKA81" title="http://twitter.com/BenjaminSWatson/status/326725190828576770/photo/1">twitter.com/BenjaminSWatso…</a></p>&mdash; Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) <a href="https://twitter.com/BenjaminSWatson/status/326725190828576770">April 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>RT @<a href="https://twitter.com/wranglerdenim">wranglerdenim</a>: With 1st pick in 2013 draft, Wrangler selects @<a href="https://twitter.com/drewbrees">drewbrees</a>! <a href="http://t.co/1gWjO53YbQ" title="http://twitter.com/WranglerDenim/status/326697171661496320/photo/1">twitter.com/WranglerDenim/…</a> Proud to be part of the Wrangler team!</p>&mdash; Drew Brees (@drewbrees) <a href="https://twitter.com/drewbrees/status/326717962830610432">April 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>So how many "man, these wranglers sure are comfy!" <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23spon">#spon</a> tweets will we be getting from @<a href="https://twitter.com/drewbrees">drewbrees</a> in the next couple weeks?</p>&mdash; Held Over (@hakimdropsball) <a href="https://twitter.com/hakimdropsball/status/326713836126228481">April 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

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