With the 196th pick, the New Orleans Saints select…
Adam Bisnowaty — Pittsburgh, OT
The Saints have to wait a long time on Day 3 before they’re on the clock. And after going defense with every pick in the first two days, the Saints finally grab an offensive player. This time, a project OT to grow behind Zach Strief and eventually supplant him at RT.
Yes, we’re all desperately worried about how much Strief has left in the tank. But if 2016 was any indication, the Saints longtime RT should have a few more years in him. 33 years old is just a number. Strief looks to be in shape, and just put together one of his best seasons to date. An injury could strike at any time. But in that case, the Saints do have some potential backups waiting in the wings. It’s not like they didn’t have to compensate for the Armstead injuries last year.
Adam Bisnowaty is a project at right tackle. He has some tools to become a standout lineman, but needs to get some strength under him to be able to hold his own against some of the bigger strongside DE in the league.
That said, he’s got excellent length, football IQ, and is a world-class competitor. That sounds a bit like meaningless jargon, but it’s not. Look at Zach Strief. Strief is not an excellent athlete — neither is Bisnowaty — but got to where he is through hard work and dedicated technique. Bisnowaty is very much in Strief’s mold, and I’m not sure there would be many better mentors for the young project tackle than the Strief.