6 low-key options for New Orleans Saints that are flying under the radar in the draft
By Randy Gurzi
Saints low-key option No. 5: Olusegun Oluwatimi, IOL, Michigan
New Orleans doesn't play around when it comes to the offensive line. They're loaded with early-round talent with Trevor Penning (Round 1 in 2022) at left tackle, Andrus Peat (Round 1 in 2015) at left guard, Erik McCoy (Round 2 in 2019) at center, Cesar Ruiz (Round 1 in 2020) at right guard, and finally Ryan Ramczyk (Round 1 in 2017) at right tackle.
Clearly, they like to have a strong line to protect their quarterback but some of those deals are coming up soon. That's why it would make sense for them to continue to add talent to the mix but rather than use a Round 1 pick in 2023, they'll likely prefer to find a mid-round talent they can try and groom.
One option is Olusegun Oluwatimi, who hails from the same school as Ruiz — who they took in 2020. Oluwatimi has been the starting center for Michigan but has also spent time at guard. With the Saints, he could back up both McCoy and Ruiz but also has the potential to start one day. Whether it's at center, or maybe even guard should they finally move on from Peat's awful contract, Oluwatimi might develop into a long-term option.