On what has already been an extremely eventful Day 2 in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Saints joined in on the fun trading their 62nd and 202nd overall picks from this year and next year’s second-rounder to the Miami Dolphins for the 48th and 116th overall selections. With the 48th pick the Saints took Texas A&M Center Erik McCoy.
McCoy has experience at both Center and Right Guard, but it’s reasonable to expect him to focus at Center in the NFL where he carries most of his experience. The Saints lost Max Unger to retirement this offseason and signed Nick Easton to be his replacement the day after on a very team-friendly deal. McCoy could come in and take over that spot or be some much needed O-Line depth through the 2019 season while Andrus Peat finishes up his final year on a rookie contract.
With pro size int he interior at 6’3″ and 303 pounds, McCoy was the fastest Offensive Linemen in the NFL Draft running a 4.83 40-year dash. He fits perfectly in the Saints mobile offensive line scheme and will fold right into the gameplan pretty quickly, I expect. His quickness out of his stance and ability to pull outside is a perfect style compliment to what Alvin Kamara does with this offense. Durable as a three-year starter that didn’t miss a game and was the Aggies’ Offensive MVP last season as a team captain and 13 game starter at Center. Saints get someone that never should have made it down to 48 and the Who Dat Nation should be very pleased with this pick.
It’s not a sexy pick like DK Metcalf, Irv Smith Jr., and Hakeem Butler but an important one to the success of the team considering the potential loss of play they could see along the line. Also if the Saints feel McCoy can start right away. It may be an opportunity to slide him in at Center his rookie year, move Easton to LG and trade Peat to get back into Day 2. the day is far from over, but this is an excellent start to the Saints draft and well worth the wait.
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