The New Orleans Saints are in the market for an additional offensive lineman, preferably a guard, but tackle Jason Spriggs could be an option if the team is willing to go that route in the NFL Draft.
The one thing that New Orleans Saints fans are accustomed to: expect the unexpected in the NFL Draft. There are simply two ways of thinking going into picking when your team is on the clock. Teams will either draft for need or draft their best player available.
Jason Spriggs could be a second or third-round pick if the Saints are looking to draft a lineman at that time, but some moving around on the Saints offensive line would need to happen. For example, moving Andrus Peat to guard.
Weight: 301 LBS
Arm length: 34 1/8 inches
Hands: 10 1/8 inches
NFL Combine Results:
40-yard dash: 4.94 seconds (Top performer)
Bench press (225 LBS): 31 Reps (Top performer)
Broad Jump: 115 inches (Top Performer)
3-cone drill: 7.70 seconds
20-yard shuttle: 4.44 seconds (Top performer)
Jason Spriggs may turn out to be a legitimate franchise offensive tackle. He ran the fastest 40-yard dash as well as the longest broad jump for offensive linemen in the NFL Combine. Spriggs was considered to be a second or third rounder but is moving up fast since the Senior Bowl and combine.
His size and quickness are simply off the charts. Spriggs comes from Indiana where he had to go against top defensive end prospect Joey Bosa, where Spriggs held his own for the most part. Spriggs is a work horse and has been durable while playing all four years at Indiana.
Spriggs has that natural ability to be able to get downfield quickly, as well as incredible lateral movement at his size. He also is very strong having performed 31 bench-press reps, which was also tops for offensive linemen.
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How Spriggs can fit with the New Orleans Saints:
The New Orleans Saints could use some depth at the offensive line and Zach Strief is not getting any younger. Spriggs could really come in and learn from Strief. Furthermore, Spriggs has the youth and talent to eventually become the starter after time. That would mean moving last year’s first-round pick, Andrus Peat, to guard.
With Drew Brees aging, this position cannot be more important than the next couple of years. Keeping Drew Brees upright is No. 1 priority this upcoming year. I’m sure Sean Payton is watching how the offensive line performs on a weekly basis, if not day to day.
If the goal is to keep Brees longer than two years, then someone like Spriggs can help them be a more athletic offensive line that can keep Brees protected for longer periods. Spriggs can be that guy if he slips down to the second or third round.