2. Erik McCoy (24)
The only offensive player to make this list is an offensive lineman, which goes to show the state of the Saints’ offense. Erik McCoy, however, is one of the best players on that side of the ball and hopefully, the team gets him extended before he comes anywhere close to free agency.
The Saints spent a second-round pick on McCoy in the 2019 NFL Draft after he looked rock solid at Texas A&M. McCoy immediately slid into the starting center role as a rookie and he’s remained as the team’s starting center ever since.
McCoy missed four games this season due to injury and the offensive line’s performance declined as a result. That proved that McCoy was the glue that holds the o-line together and is yet another reason this team can’t afford to let him sniff free agency.
The final year of McCoy’s rookie deal is next year and he won’t turn 25 until August. The Saints value the offensive line so it’s hard to see them not getting McCoy taken care of and if they do, he’ll easily be one of their best players for years to come.