Sean Payton wanted Mississippi Speak quarterback Tommy Stevens, and he bought drained of asking nicely.
Stevens joined the “Hangin’ With Hester” radio show hide in Baton Rouge on Friday to communicate about his abilities with closing week’s NFL draft. The Unusual Orleans Saints traded encourage into the seventh round to make a preference Stevens 240th overall, and Stevens shared a shaggy dog narrative about how that came to be.
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All the procedure in which through the pre-draft course of, Stevens talked about he’d whittled his non-public checklist of groups he concept would be a huge fit for him to a couple — and the Saints had been incorporated in that quantity.
He wrote off the Saints as a doubtless landing declare within the draft after the group traded away all of its Day 3 picks to make a preference Dayton tight rupture Adam Trautman within the third round a day prior. But his most long-established landing spots would be functional recordsdata for him if he went undrafted, and as the draft stretched into the seventh round, it looked that will well well maybe be the case.
Then he got a call from a quantity he didn’t acknowledge with a Texas web narrate online code. He regarded up on the TV show hide hide, but didn’t explore the NFL’s two Texas-primarily based fully groups with a devour coming up. Ordinary, Stevens answered the call, and Payton modified into on the assorted line.
“I hadn’t talked to educate Payton yet, so it modified into moderately of a shock,” Stevens talked about. “I modified into sort of caught off guard by it, but attending to search the advice of with coach Payton, somebody of his magnitude, it modified into awesome.”
Payton started to catch a pitch to Stevens about why Stevens might well well maybe simply quiet charge with Unusual Orleans after the draft, that the group had a “queer vision” for him as a participant and concept he would be a slot within the group. There modified into handsome one danger.
“At the time, I concept I modified into genuinely going to devour a bigger slot in one more set up,” Stevens talked about. “So, as polite and respectful as I might well well maybe, I advised coach Payton, ‘Hi there, I mediate my supreme danger might well well maybe simply be going a queer route.’ ”
Payton talked about he would call encourage, and 2 minutes later they had been on the twin carriageway again. This time, Stevens’ agent bought in on the call. Payton made the pitch again, but Stevens and his agent had been unmoved. That space up the third call from Payton, which incorporated a line Stevens won’t quickly neglect.
He got one more call from a quantity he didn’t acknowledge, supreme this time it came from a 504 web narrate online code. He answered, and Payton modified into on the twin carriageway with Saints overall supervisor Mickey Loomis.
“Coach Payton talked about this, and I’ll by no system neglect it: ‘Final time I called you, I modified into asking you to advance encourage to Unusual Orleans, but this time I’m no longer providing you with the preference. We’re going to trade up within the draft, and we’re going to make a selection you,’ ” Stevens recalled.
The Saints sent a 2021 sixth-round devour to Houston for the No. 240 devour, which they extinct to make a preference Stevens.
Whereas he might well well maybe simply devour in a roundabout procedure had his non-public free company stripped from him on the closing minute, Stevens modified into jubilant with where he landed.
“I quiet devour rather just a few room to grow as a quarterback, and what better alternative is there anyplace else within the league than to enter the quarterback room that I’m going into,” Stevens talked about. “Learning from all these assorted guys that devour assorted skillsets, experiences. I will’t devour a bigger danger.”