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New Orleans Saints Trade Back Into 5th Rounds And Select Boston College Center Matt Tennant


Not a real big surprise that the Saints would look at a center prospect considering they have actively tried to upgrade the position since Jeff Faine left for the rival Buccaneers in free agency prior to the 2007 season.

Ironically the Saints entered the 2010 NFL draft without a fifth round pick because of a trade made last year but decided to trade their 2011 fourth round pick to the Jaguars to acquire center Matt Tennant with the 158th pick of the fifth round.

Tennant appears at first glance to be another solid steal for the Saints as he is rated as the 115th best prospect overall and the second best center prospect in the draft by NFLDaftScout.com carrying a third to fourth round grade.

Tennant took over the center position his sophomore year where he literally shut out opposing defenders as he had just 1.5 quarterback sacks and two pressures registered against him in his last two seasons garnering a blocking consistency grade of 82.64%.

His addition adds much needed depth at the center position and although unlikely to unseat starter Jonathan Goodwin immediately will surely compete as the primary backup.

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