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SmashMouth 04-06-2019 10:19 AM

New Orleans Saints 2019 NFL draft outlook: Interior offensive line
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The New Orleans Saints have featured one of the NFL’s best offensive lines the past two seasons, but with center Max Unger retiring, it’s tough to project how the group will play in 2019.

The team signed Nick Easton as the presumed replacement for Unger, but the former Vikings interior lineman missed all of 2018 with a neck injury and has just 17 career starts. Fortunately, the Saints also have promising young center options in Cameron Tom and Will Clapp.

Meanwhile, the guard spots should be set with Andrus Peat on the left side and Larry Warford on the right, but depth is always critical along the line. In addition to Tom and Clapp being able to play center and guard, Michael Ola has tackle and guard versatility, but the Saints still might want to draft someone to group as an interior option.

With less than three weeks remaining before the draft, we’re analyzing the Saints’ needs at each position.



Saints depth chart

Andrus Peat

Larry Warford

Nick Easton

Cameron Tom

Will Clapp

Michael Ola

Potential Day 1 (first round) selections

Jonah Williams, Alabama

Cody Ford, Oklahoma

Chris Lindstrom, Boston College

Garrett Bradbury, NC State

Potential Day 2 (rounds 2-3) selections

Erik McCoy, Texas A&M

Nate Davis, Charlotte

Michael Jordan, Ohio State

Connor McGovern, Penn State

Elgton Jenkins, Mississippi State

Michael Deiter, Wisconsin

Lamont Gaillard, Georgia

Beau Benzschawel, Wisconsin

Dru Samia, Oklahoma

Potential Day 3 (rounds 4-7) selections

Ben Powers, Oklahoma

Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama

Javon Patterson, Ole Miss

Brandon Hitner, Villanova

Mitch Hyatt, Clemson

Phil Haynes, Wake Forest

Shaq Calhoun, Mississippi State

Fred Johnson, Florida

Martez Ivey, Florida

Nate Herbig, Stanford

B.J. Autry, Jacksonville State

Hjalte Froholdt, Arkansas

Ryan Bates, Penn State

Alex Bars, Notre Dame
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SmashMouth 04-06-2019 10:22 AM

Re: New Orleans Saints 2019 NFL draft outlook: Interior offensive line
We need beef and more beef... and Peat is in the final year of his rookie deal. How much will he command next year and can the Saints afford him with all of the looming other big contracts?

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