Time to look for Brees' heir apparent?

January, 16, 2012
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Now that the season officially is over for all four NFC South teams, we can start looking ahead to the 2012 draft.

Take a look at this Insider post by Steve Muench, which talks about two undersized quarterbacks -- Boise State’s Kellen Moore and Wisconsin’s Russell Wilson. Both are listed at just a shade under 6-foot.

Any time you talk about undersized quarterbacks, you have to start with New Orleans’ Drew Brees, because he has proven that you don’t have to be 6-4 or 6-5 to succeed. Brees is listed right at 6-foot, and that might be a bit generous.

But Brees is a perfect fit in coach Sean Payton’s offensive scheme. The Saints obviously don’t believe you need a tall quarterback, because backup Chase Daniel also is listed at 6-foot.

Moore and Wilson might not be good fits in some offenses. But Muench suggests either one could be worth a late-round pick by the Saints. I think that’s a pretty good idea.

The Saints likely will sign Brees to a new contract before long. Brees is coming off a record-setting season and obviously has shown no signs of slowing down. But Brees did turn 33 on Sunday, and it might be time to start thinking about getting an heir apparent because Brees can't play forever.

Maybe the Saints view Daniel as that guy and maybe they don’t. Daniel can become a restricted free agent this year, and an unrestricted free agent next year. Daniel might not want to stick around and wait his turn. Even if he does, it’s not a bad idea to bring in someone to compete with him.

Moore and Wilson fit the Saints’ quarterback profile, and they should be available late in the draft.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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