Saturday, April 24, 2010
Saints jump up to get center
By Pat Yasinskas
When he met with the New Orleans media a bit ago to discuss the selection of Al Woods in the fourth round, general manager Mickey Loomis hinted the Saints might not stay quiet, even though they were without picks in the fifth and sixth rounds.
“Right now we have a late pick in the seventh round, which isn’t a lot of ammunition to do much, but a year ago we traded a future pick to get into a round, and certainly if there is a player or two that we have conviction about and we can make that move, we would absolutely consider it,’’ Loomis said. “It has worked out for us a number of times in the past so I wouldn’t rule that out.”
Well, it happened. The Saints jumped into the fifth round to select Boston College center Matt Tennant. To get Tennant at pick No. 158 overall, the Saints shipped their 2011 fourth-round pick to Jacksonville. Might seem like a steep price to give up a fourth-round pick for a fifth-round choice, especially when the Saints have a solid center in Jonathan Goodwin and perhaps the best guard tandem in the league with Jahri Evans and Carl Nicks.
But I can see the logic here. The Saints just made an area of strength even stronger. Tennant was a player a lot of teams had rated as better than a fifth-round pick. He can come right in and give the Saints a quality backup for the interior of the offensive line.