Number Two: Erik McCoy
Erik McCoy is in an interesting spot.
He was the Saints’ first pick in the draft in 2019 but is now being asked to switch positions if he plans on playing in 2020. McCoy was a stand out center for the Saints in 2019, starting every game allowing just one sack all season.
McCoy is likely going to be asked to move to guard so that newly drafted center from Michigan, Cesar Ruiz, can start at that position, a more natural position for Ruiz.
McCoy won’t really have to compete for the starting guard job alongside Andrus Peat if he plays well this preseason as the team released veteran Larry Warford following the 2020 NFL Draft. We also can’t confirm if McCoy will be forced to slide over, although that may be the team’s intention.
McCoy, who was selected to the PFWA All-Rookie team following the season, finished last season with a 76.2 overall grade from Pro Football Focus, making him one of the highest graded centers in the NFL.
The Texas A&M alum will have to prove he can be versatile or the other guard job could go to veteran Nick Easton instead.