The perfect 2024 prospect that could have an immediate impact for the Saints

The New Orleans Saints need to find some young players in the 2024 Draft that can immediately contribute and one draft analyst knows the perfect prospect.

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When NFL teams draft a player in the first round, they are usually hoping to have a player that could come in and contribute immediately, and ultimately become a mainstay that consistently propels the team to success. Obviously, that’s hard to guarantee when drafting a young prospect, but that’s why teams put so much into the evaluation process.

The New Orleans Saints recently brought in an extra voice for the draft process, as they are focused on putting together a great draft class. That’s something the Saints really need to do, as they are the oldest team in the league, stuck in a perpetually bad cap situation. New Orleans must get younger and cheaper to break the cycle. The key to doing that is excellent drafting.

So who would be an excellent pick for the Saints at No. 14? Ryan Fowler answered this question in a recent piece for Bleacher Report, naming the dream draft target for all 32 teams in the league. For New Orleans, Fowler highlighted Oklahoma tackle Tyler Guyton.

Tyler Guyton named dream draft target for Saints

Fowler referred to Guyton as “one of the most gifted athletes in the class,” highlighting his “herculean movement skills” despite his 6-foot-7, 328-pound frame. Fowler said Guyton could be a day one contributor at either of the tackle positions, and that would certainly benefit the Saints.

New Orleans’ offensive line has some obvious room for improvement, especially in the run game. Add in the uncertainty about the futures of veterans Andrus Peat and Ryan Ramczyk, as well as the rocky development of Trevor Penning, it’s clear that offensive line is a position of need for the Saints.

Most mock drafts have New Orleans selecting a lineman with its 14th-overall pick. While it’s still pretty early in the evaluation process, many draft analysts are simply deciding which tackle the Saints will select at 14. If that is the direction the Saints want to go, it’ll be a good decision because this is an extremely talented tackle class.