Ty Anania’s Seven Round Mock Draft 2.0

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Mar 28, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton at the NFL Annual Meetings at the Biltmore Resort. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 28, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton at the NFL Annual Meetings at the Biltmore Resort. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jan 2, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Wisconsin Badgers defensive end Alec James (57) and Western Michigan Broncos offensive lineman Taylor Moton (72) in action in the 2017 Cotton Bowl game at AT&T Stadium. The Badgers defeat the Broncos 24-16. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 2, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Wisconsin Badgers defensive end Alec James (57) and Western Michigan Broncos offensive lineman Taylor Moton (72) in action in the 2017 Cotton Bowl game at AT&T Stadium. The Badgers defeat the Broncos 24-16. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /

Taylor Moton, OT

With their 2nd round pick, the Saints sure up the backend of their offensive line and add a young OT as Zach Strief insurance.

Sean Payton recently expressed a commitment to coming out of the draft with a good young OL prospect. Moton is a solid and versatile player who’s stock is on the rise.

Moton might not see the field in his first year—ideally, he woulnd’t. Zach Strief played all of 2016 at a very high level. He showed no signs of decline. But we all know that age comes at you fast, and when it does come to bite Strief the Saints need to have a contingency plan.

Moton is versatile enough to play at either tackle position, in case Terron Armstead goes down with another injury. The pick just makes a lot of sense for the Saints, who will want to do everything they can to keep Drew Brees upright and healthy. That means protecting him along the edge.

With Moton, the Saints would solve any issues of age along their OLine. The future would look bright along the group, the ideal situation for whoever comes in to replace Brees under center.

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