2. Best Bodyguard: LT Terron Armstead
Armstead has has not only become the team’s most reliable blocker for the running game, but he’s protecting Drew Brees’ blindside, which is critical for both a quarterback’s success and well being. When it comes to age and ceiling, Armstead is arguably the most valuable piece to the future of this franchise.
The Saints struck third-round gold in 2013, and while Armstead does have every single attribute you want from a tackle, it’s his sheer athleticism that will really turn heads, especially at such a big size.
His nimble movements, quick feet and outstanding change of direction usually grant him the advantage over attacking pass rushers. At 6-foot-5 and 304 pounds, his big, athletic frame provides excellent support in both the running and passing departments — we saw it all year.
Like Ben Watson, Terron Armstead fell victim to Pro Bowl fan voting, even though he was undoubtedly a top-five offensive tackle this season. Armstead was an absolute stud, and due to his consistency and athleticism, he was not only Drew Brees’ best protector by a long shot, but he was the second-best player on the New Orleans Saints offense in 2015. He’s got a very bright future down on the bayou.
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