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Sean Payton on Garrett Grayson: 'This was the one'

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As expected, the New Orleans Saints added a young quarterback through the draft on Friday.

Afterward, coach Sean Payton made it clear that Colorado State's Garrett Grayson was the only passer the team had eyes for.

"This was the one," Payton said, per The Times-Picayune. "If he wasn't available, we probably would have gone without drafting a quarterback."

He looms as a fit, with NFL Media's Mike Mayock comparing Grayson's game to Drew Brees. Payton, though, emphasized that New Orleans isn't contemplating the end of the veteran's NFL career, saying of the 36-year-old Brees: "We love our starter."

Despite Payton's insistence that Grayson was their top choice, it was believed that Baylor's Bryce Petty was also under consideration for the Saints. In the end, that proved to be a smokescreen in favor of the player they wanted more.

It was time for New Orleans to find competition for Ryan Griffin and Luke McCown, but Grayson poses zero threat to Brees. The veteran plans to play for another half decade and we'll give him the benefit of the doubt until Father Time drops the hammer.

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