Understanding why the Saints had to have Tommy Stevens isn't hard.
The evidence is on the screen every time he touches the field. The former Penn State weapon and Mississippi State quarterback has incredible athletic ability, which creates endless opportunities for one of the NFL's most inventive coaching staffs.
"I'd be remiss to say I didn't fall in love with Tommy Stevens, the seventh-round pick," assistant general manager Jeff Ireland said during a recent video conference with Louisiana-Lafayette athletics donors. "He's a 6-4, 220-pound, 4.6 quarterback. He has an unbelievable set of athletic tools. I do see him being a little bit of a Taysom Hill-type athlete who might play multiple positions for us."
Remember a couple of years ago when the Saints almost certainly became first team in history to put three quarterbacks on the field? That play was fun, but ultimately a bluff because Drew Brees and Teddy Bridgewater can only threaten a defense from the pocket.
Now imagine what is possible if two of those quarterbacks are built and run like tight ends who can run, pass, catch and block. New Orleans has that in Stevens and Hill, which could allow it to do some things the league has never seen before.