Diving deeper into the Saints’ 2021 NFL Draft class
Saints Draft: Pick 206 (via IND) – OT Landon Young, Kentucky
Even at the end of the draft, the Saints still have an itch to move up the board!
By trading away the first pick in the seventh round to the Colts, New Orleans was able to move up 12 spots to select offensive tackle Landon Young.
According to Draft Network, Young is an accomplished player with 26 career starts in the SEC, and it shows in technique. However, he also lacks the length and foot speed that tackles in the NFL have, which gives him a very low margin for error.
For the most part, most had Young as a fringe-roster player, someone likely to go undrafted. That’s not that different from the standard profile of a sixth-round pick, but one that you’re trading up to move up just 12 spots to obtain? As his top comparison of Bengals’ tackle Fred Johnson demonstrates, he isn’t likely to ever be someone you’re comfortable filling in at offensive tackle, and with offensive line depth present, it’s unclear why Payton felt so obliged to move up to draft him.
Model Rank: 287th (+81)