The New Orleans Saints traded up to pick 127 to select Fresno State QB Jake Haener, trading pick 227 and a 2024 fourth-round pick to get this pick.
While some fans may be confused about why the team would draft a QB, it makes sense. No, Haener will not be competing for the starting job. However, he is a highly capable backup that could be something in the future.
Haener had a very successful college career throwing for 9,120 passing yards, 68 TDs, and 18 INTs. His best season was in 2021 when he threw for 4,096, 33 TDs, and 9 INTs. He also won Senior Bowl MVP.
Haener is an accurate QB who has a great football IQ. This is reflected in the high completion percentage and low interception numbers. While he doesn’t have a super flashy or strong throwing arm, he’ll make the throws you need him to make.
Haener will most likely be a “game manager” at the next level. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as the team won’t be looking for Haener to be the next Patrick Mahomes. He could come in and be a highly capable backup for Carr, if something were to happen.
Carr and Haener actually have a very close relationship. According to Nick Underhill, Carr even told Haener he was excited to mentor him. Haener also said he was a huge fan of Saints legend Drew Brees. Per Katherine Terrell, he even said he had a jersey in first and second grade.
While it isn’t the flashiest pick, the Saints got a highly capable backup that could turn into something.
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