The Saints take a chance and look to the future in the 6th round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Reason For Selection:
Despite the moves the Saints have made this offseason to help solidify the offensive line, there is no surefire replacement for the Right Tackle position. Conor McDermott could be brought in the later rounds of the draft to eventually take over for veteran OT Zach Strief.
What Conor McDermott Brings To The Saints:
Conor McDermott fared well while playing for UCLA and could continue doing so in the National Football League as he transitions. Despite a core lack of strength, his main flaw, McDermott is a towering player who deserves a chance like anyone to play in the National Football League.
When it comes to being large and in charge, look no further. The 6’8″ behemoth of a man towers practically over everyone and could have an impact on any offensive line if given the opportunity.
When UCLA went up against Texas A&M I got to see for a few plays McDermott went up against Myles Garrett, the projected 1st overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, and honestly fared pretty decently. If anyone that can go up against Myles Garrett and hold him off to an extent, doesn’t he deserve a chance?
At this point in time, although he has experience playing in a college level offense, Conor McDermott is raw and would need assistance as he transitions into the professional level. This is a 6th round selection, so personally, I’m all for selecting offensive linemen, looking to the future, and taking a risk.
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