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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; I am ok with OT, DL, or trading back. Glad Bowers is out of the picture. As long as we dont trade the 2025 1st. OT is the best bet if we like the player, but I am not a ...

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Old 04-25-2024, 08:43 PM   #51
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I am ok with OT, DL, or trading back. Glad Bowers is out of the picture. As long as we dont trade the 2025 1st.

OT is the best bet if we like the player, but I am not a scout.
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I hope he can start right now
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I’m really good with this pick, but we need Spencer’s at 45!
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Fuaga is a good pick.

Probably Ramz replacement.
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Now all we need to do is not trade away our 2025 1st round pick.
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I am sure his name won't be WTFuaga ... we needed it.
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Re: New Orleans Saints Draft Round 1 - 2024

TALIESE FUAGA

OREGON STATE
OT

Prospect Info
COLLEGE
Oregon State



Senior
HEIGHT
6’ 6’’

WEIGHT
324 lbs

ARM
33 1/8’’

HAND
10 1/8’’

2020: Played in four games as a reserve.
2021: Played in 10 games as a reserve.
2022: Second-team All-Pac-12 Conference. Started all 13 games at RT.
2023: Second-team Associated Press All-American. First-team All-Pac-12 Conference. Finalist for the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year. Started 12 games at RT.


By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst

Draft Projection
Round 1

NFL Comparison
Taylor Decker

Overview
Beefy right tackle capable of playing at a high level despite his lack of ideal pad level and lower-body bend. Fuaga plays with a fairly aggressive disposition. He’s a one-pop blocker who struggles to clinch into his run blocks and is therefore forced to work overtime to sustain and finish. The pass protection technique is outstanding, and he possesses the athleticism to mirror and match edge-to-edge rush movements. Fuaga’s hand work is exceptional in pass pro and will need to remain so, because of his lack of desired range for recovering when beaten. A team could slide him to guard to improve its interior protection, but he’s best-suited at right tackle, where he should become a good starter.


Strengths
Glides into pass sets with controlled slides, ready hands and quiet upper body.
Throws stiff right-left combinations, creating disruption for rusher.
Hands are highly active through the rush, helping to keep opponent centered.
Mirrors with fluidity, with little to no stall when changing direction.
Flashes ability to dig in with leveraged hand strikes at point of attack.
Gathers and adjusts his track to make his blocks in space.
Smooth and accurate when working from block to block.


Weaknesses
Pops up tall off the snap and gets behind in back-side cutoffs.
On first contact, tends to hit and bounce rather than hit and stick.
His run blocking is much less organized and technical than his pass blocking.
Doesn’t have the range in pass sets to succeed when tardy out of his stance.
Occasional issues allowing weight to slide too far out on outside foot.
Washington had some success beating his outside hand and trimming the edge.
Sources Tell Us

“I see him as a very good starting guard. I think you might need to help him against edge speed if he stays at tackle.” - NFC West Coast scout
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Possibly unpopular opinion. In the unlikely event that Ram is able to play this season, given that RT is Fuaga's natural position, you move Ram to LT not Fuaga. Ram's days are numbered with his knee regardless, so better to mess up Ram's confidence and development with a move to an unnatural position, not Fuaga's. Ram ain't going to be comfortable anyway.
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