4 options at tackle the Saints must look at in the draft with pick 14

Offensive tackle is emerging as a bigger need for the New Orleans Saints in the NFL Draft. Here are four options for the team to choose from in the first round.
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1. Saints should consider J.C. Latham

The final prospect that I will showcase is Alabama’s JC Latham. Latham contains an ideal frame for the NFL standing at 6-foot-6 and 342 pounds. His pure power is evident when he plays. He can move a defender and eliminate them from impacting the play. 

Last year at Alabama, Latham played 874 snaps and gave up just a total of two sacks and three hits on the quarterback. These are great numbers when the level of competition he played against is noted. The SEC is no joke and is one of the most difficult conferences to play in. Playing at Alabama Latham lined up against teammates such as Dallas Turner and Chris Braswell in practice every day. This alone will help him develop as iron sharpens iron. The elite play in practice translates to the field.

Latham pairs his elite power and frame with solid footwork. It is very tough for defenders to beat him while rushing the quarterback. The biggest knock on Latham is that in college he was fairly penalty prone. He needs to clean up his technique to ensure that he doesn’t rack up the penalties in the NFL. 

Latham’s frame and power alone make it an option for the Saints to select in the first round. His footwork and level of competition on top are just added bonuses. If there at 14, Latham is a player that the Saints should look into taking.