Sep 14, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; New Orleans Saints guard Ben Grubbs (66) against the Cleveland Browns defensive end Billy Winn (90) during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports
3. Robert Meyers, Guard, Tennessee State
Trading away left guard Ben Grubbs was a smart move by the New Orleans Saints — he just wasn’t cutting it anymore. That leaves a possible void, but I do like Tim Lelito‘s chances of holding down the starting spot now that he’s back in his natural position. Regardless, the Saints will likely turn to the draft, but I do believe it can wait till the later rounds.
At 6-foot-5, 229 pounds, Meyers brings great size and strength to the guard position. The protection of QB Drew Brees, which was a bit subpar in 2014, is critical for the offense’s continued success.
With great footwork, Meyers displays excellent balance in pass protection. He needs to better himself at zone blocking and tends to lose his man during outside runs due to lack of quickness.
However, he shows the characteristics of an NFL starter when shielding his quarterback, and with some extra coaching and work in the weight room to strengthen his arms, Meyers will likely find himself in a starting role sooner rather than later. Wouldn’t it be ironic if the Saints used their fifth round pick acquired in the Grubbs trade to select Meyers?
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