The New Orleans Saints enter the next several days looking for the right prospects that will fit in with their 2016 plans. Although he’s a center, USC’s Max Tuerk would call for a strong look as a guard.
- Height: 6-foot-5
- Weight: 298 pounds
- Arm length: 32 1/2 inches
- Hands: 10 3/4 inches
Max Tuerk expected to have a stellar 2015 campaign to help solidify him as a definitive Top 50 pick, but an unfortunate knee injury (torn ACL) forced him to miss the rest of the Trojans season. However, the good news for Tuerk is that his film tells the tale. Tuerk has a perfect blend of size and athleticism, and is great in space with an ability to pull. His football IQ allows him to recognize defenders and see the play develop.
Tuerk wasn’t able to partake in anything other than the bench press at the NFL Combine (22 reps), and actually improved that number (26 reps) at USC’s Pro Day. CBS Sports even went as far to compare Tuerk to center Max Unger. Any team that looks Tuerk’s way will have to live with the real possibility of him not being readily available due to the ACL injury.
How he fits the New Orleans Saints:
The Saints have to take a guard in this draft, but the question is where? I firmly believe that the third round is the sweet spot for the team to take one after addressing the defense with their first two picks. Drew Brees needs protection, and with Tuerk having played at nearly every position on the offensive line at USC, the versatility factor makes him fit wherever the team feels the biggest need would be. Tuerk was in a zone-blocking scheme, which fits the Saints perfectly.