Saints OL depth chart predictions after 2022 NFL Draft

Leigh Oleszczak
Trevor Penning, New Orleans Saints - Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports
Trevor Penning, New Orleans Saints - Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports /
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Trevor Penning – Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /

Starting LT: Trevor Penning

Backups: James Hurst, Ethan Greenidge, Sage Doxtater

With the 19th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints selected Trevor Penning out of Northern Iowa. Guys from smaller schools are always underlooked because the level of competition they faced was weaker than guys in the SEC or Big Ten.

Penning was good enough to be a first-round prospect but it won’t be easy for him to slide in at left tackle and do what Armstead was able to do for so long. There will be growing pains.

This is all assuming, of course, that Penning beats James Hurst for the starting job. Hurst joined the team a few years ago to be the reserve swing option at tackle and it was a nice signing by the Saints. He’s entirely capable of beating Penning in the preseason but the rookie definitely has the edge.

Behind those guys are Ethan Greenidge and Sage Doxtater. Greenidge appeared in 15 games with the Saints in 2020 but only 5% of those snaps were on offense. He was mostly a special teams guy. Doxtater went undrafted this year out of New Mexico State and it’s going to take one hell of a performance this summer for him to stick on the roster.

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