New Orleans Saints: 3 primary areas of focus for the 2020 NFL Draft

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The Offensive Line

Offensive line will be another area of focus as the Saints reload for the 2020 season.

Last year, New Orleans struck gold drafting Erik McCoy out of Texas A&M to replace the retired All-Pro Max Unger.  While Terron Armstead and Ryan Ramczyk appear to be solidified in their tackle positions, Andrus Peat is an unrestricted free-agent.

Many Saints fans will argue that Peat has not lived up to the expectations that surrounded his 13th overall pick in the 2015 draft.  However, Peat will appear in his second Pro-Bowl after Pro Football Focus graded Peat as the worst Saints offensive linemen this season.

Peat’s best attribute has been his ability to provide versatility at the guard and tackle positions. In the end, Peat’s future in New Orleans may boil down to money.

With the Saints’ second pick in the draft coming in the third round, 88th overall, a player to watch for is Robert Hunt from the University of Louisiana (at Lafayette). Hunt has been a three-year starter for the Ragin’ Cajuns and anchored a line that ranked 9th out of 130 FBS teams in 2019.

If the Saints were to draft a wide receiver and then offensive lineman, that would leave their next available pick in round 4. While top-level talent will be off the board, there will still be plenty of solid contributors available.