The New Orleans Saints used their second selection in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft to add help to their offensive line, adding Northern Iowa’s Trevor Penning.
Terron Armstead, who served as the team’s starting left tackle for the past nine years, signed with the Dolphins this offseason and that left NOLA without a viable left tackle option. James Hurst was going to be the guy to start there but that wasn’t a great strategy moving forward.
Now the Saints have their guy and his name is Trevor Penning.
Saints draft Trevor Penning 19th overall
With the top three tackle options going in the first 10 picks, the Saints opted to grab Chris Olave at No. 16 overall, helping out their wide receiver room. Grabbing Penning three picks later means that the team addressed two of their biggest needs entering the draft and it’s hard not to be ecstatic about how the first round played out for the squad.
As for Penning, he played left tackle at Northern Iowa but The Draft Network discussed that he might be a better fit at right tackle instead. We’ll have to see what the Saints end up doing with the 6’7″, 327-pound behemoth of a man.
The Saints put together a solid first round and added players that will not only help Jameis Winston as a quarterback but will help the entire offense as a whole. Olave gives them an explosive wide receiver while Penning is someone who should be able to slide in and start on the offensive line early on.
More than likely, Penning is the guy to take over for Armstead at left tackle. It might take him some time to get adjusted to playing in the pros but if he ends up playing well, this offensive line will once again be one of the best units in the league.
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