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Loomis Ready For Draft to Get Going


The 2009 NFL Draft is underway in New York City. The Detroit Lions took the suspense out of the first pick Friday night announcing they had reached a contract with Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford.

Wrapping up the pre-draft activity here in New Orleans, Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis joined the WWL radio team of Jim Henderson and Hokie Gajan to share a few final thoughts leading up to the festivities.

Having just four picks over the two days of the draft, some might think that it shapes up to be a relatively quiet weekend for the Saints. Loomis advised fans not to be so sure of that, however.

When asked if there's a possibility that the Saints might move up in the first round as they did last year on draft day, selecting Sedrick Ellis, the GM acknowledged that the prospect isn't the most likely but didn't rule making a jump.

"If there's someone we love out there, we might make a move," Loomis said. "But we wouldn't make a trade just to do it. I wouldn't mind acquiring some more picks but that would be tough without a second- or third-round pick."

Loomis also faced some non-draft specific questions looking ahead to the season ahead. One of those questions were the implications of the possible uncapped year coming in 2010.

"I don't know," Loomis replied when asked how it would affect the dealings of the league. "That's a good question. I think it will be less impactful than some people are speculating. It depends on each team's circumstances."

Loomis was also enthusiastic about the prospects for the Saints to have a good season in 2009.

"If we can add an element or two, I think we have a pretty good chance this season. I'm optimistic."

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