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Ten of the best quotes from the 2020 New Orleans Saints draft

Some memorable quotes from draft picks, coaches and executives

Below are 10 of the most memorable quotes from conference call interviews from the 2020 New Orleans Saints draft:

  1. Center/Guard Cesar Ruiz: "My dad passed away when I was eight and his passing is the reason I played football. Every time I step on the field now, I dedicate it to my dad...Yeah, that's what I was thinking about. Just my dad. I dedicate my whole journey and everything I do to him. The first picture I had in my head was my dad and then I looked on the screen and they put a picture of my dad on the screen. That's really where all of the emotions came from and a big part of it was also just the excitement and the relief."
  2. Linebacker Zack Baun: "Being an undersized edge as a lot of people like to call it, your technique has to be on point at all times. At Wisconsin that's all I was taught, honing on the details and the technique and it'll take you very far."
  3. Saints Head Coach Sean Payton: "We see (Adam Trautman) as a true Y. For a small college player we feel he has really good in-line strength. He's also someone that we think has real good hips. His change of direction, you can see that in how he sets up his routes. For someone who played at a smaller level, you see a dominant player."
  4. Tight end Adam Trautman: "I think I can do anything you ask of a tight end. I do think I'm more of a traditional Y, I put my hand in the dirt, but that's not for me to decide or anything like that obviously. But I think I can do it all on the field as a tight end."
  5. Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis: I think our philosophy has always been to, hey, if we have a vision and an affinity for someone we'll put a target on them and then we'll go get them...It is difficult to make our roster and so I think for us it is more about quality over quantity."
  6. Sean Payton: "(Tommy Stevens) Comes in, he's (a) developmental quarterback. We feel like he's a guy that can play in the kicking game. We feel like he's a guy that can play some F, can help both in the passing game and the running game develop behind a guy, like Taysom Hill who's in that role currently and then once the athlete gets here, once the player gets here, we begin working with those skill sets and try to develop those as quickly as possible."
  7. Quarterback Tommy Stevens: "I do. I am going to do whatever it takes, whatever the coaches ask me to do. I am willing to do anything. I am so happy, so blown away by this. I keep saying I could not be more thankful. I'm so happy to be a Saint."
  8. Cesar Ruiz: "Coming in and having Drew Brees as my quarterback, I have to protect him at all costs. That's what I'm going to do. That's what I do and I'm going to keep doing what I'm doing, protecting him. It means a lot to have a leader like that, someone who's been around the game for so long to be able to teach me a lot and sort of mentor me as well, learn from him. It's really important for me to be able to protect him and have his back."
  9. Tommy Stevens: "I can't think of a better role model. Drew's always done things the right way and I'm going to absorb as much information as I possibly can from him. (He's) One of the all-time greats. I can't wait to learn as much as I possibly can from him."
  10. Cesar Ruiz: "My penalties were illegal man downfield (laughter). I didn't have a holding penalty or anything like that ever. I was just playing football, knowing my technique, playing it like it's supposed to be played, knowing what I'm doing."

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