Top 5 dream draft picks at No. 29 for the New Orleans Saints
By Randy Gurzi
The New Orleans Saints made a splash this offseason when they signed Derek Carr to a four-year, $150 million contract. The former Las Vegas Raiders quarterback might have shown a decline last year but he's far from being done in the NFL.
Even during a down season, Carr had 3,522 yards with 24 touchdown passes. He was also stuck with Josh McDaniels, who didn't seem sold on him from the start.
Now in New Orleans, the 32-year-old gets a fresh start and the Saints can turn their attention to a position other than signal-caller in the 2023 NFL Draft. With that being the case, here are five dream targets for the Saints with pick No. 29.
Saints draft target No. 5: O'Cyrus Torrence, OG, Florida
On paper, the Saints have an impressive interior line with Erik McCoy, Cesar Ruiz, and Andrus Peat. The problem is, only McCoy finished 2022 with a starting grade according to PFF while both Ruiz and Peat struggled.
Peat especially had issues last season as he was one of the worst in the game at pass blocking and didn't fare a whole lot better in the ground game.
This is why it would make sense to land the No. 1 guard in this class, O'Cyrus Torrence. A Louisianna native, he began his career with the Ragin' Cajuns before heading to Florida to follow head coach Billy Napier. Torrence not only rose to the challenge in the SEC but was vastly improved.
He's a mauler at 6-foot-5 and 347-pounds and would be an instant upgrade over Peat — even though it won't be easy to get out of his albatross of a contract anytime soon.