Saints officials flying out to pre-draft Vegas vacation, report says

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton talks with defensive coordinator Rob Ryan in a NFL football game between the New Orleans Saints and the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Penn. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. Show caption
Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton talks with defensive coordinator Rob Ryan in a NFL football game between the New Orleans Saints and the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Penn. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Saints officials were flying from New Orleans to Las Vegas on Thursday night to relax for the final weekend ahead of the draft.

“Saints feel as if they have done necessary work for draft, decided it would be best to take break (and) attack draft fresh on Monday,” Schefter said via Twitter. The draft is typically in April, and the pushed-back date this year motivated the decision, Schefter also said.

ESPN’s Mike Triplett added in a separate report that about 50 officials are going on the trip to creatively “recharge their batteries” after going over every prospect “two or three times.” Triplett speculated it is perhaps a subtle way for the Saints to show their belief that the pre-draft process was drawn out too far this year.