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New Orleans Saints select Ian Book with the 133rd pick in the 2021 NFL Draft

Saints draft Notre Dame Quarterback in the fourth round

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: JAN 01 Rose Bowl Game Semifinal Game - Notre Dame v Alabama Photo by George Walker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The New Orleans Saints have drafted a quarterback, but not one many of us expected. Ian Book, the winningest QB in the long and storied history of Notre Dame football, was one of the more underrated quarterbacks in college football over the last two years.

Book had a TD-INT ratio of 34-6 in 2019, and 15-3 in 2020, and ratings of over 140 each of the last three years. With Jameis Winston still on a one year deal, and Taysom Hill not getting any younger, Book could be a part of the Saints offense as soon as next year.

The pick does come as a surprise, as many felt the Saints would fill some of their holes and try and get a starter at this point in the draft, but if Sean Payton is sold on Book, who are we to argue? Book is a pocket passer but has very good quickness and elusiveness in the pocket at just 6’0”. His accuracy and decision-making are among some of his issues, but a year sitting and learning from Sean Payton could iron out some of the issues he had in college.

This pick is likely to divide the fanbase, as Book could wind up being a starter as soon as next year, or could not even make the 53-man roster come Week 1. It was also not an immediate need, as the Saints already have two QBs who know the offense and have tenure and success in the NFL. This will be a pick that we will be talking about for a while.

Poll

How do you see Ian Book’s Saints career going?

This poll is closed

  • 39%
    Future starter
    (554 votes)
  • 46%
    Career backup
    (659 votes)
  • 8%
    Released before season starts
    (126 votes)
  • 5%
    Is a Taysom clone
    (74 votes)
1413 votes total Vote Now

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