Of course the New Orleans Saints were going to address the offensive line. The Saints traded up to select Kentucky offensive tackle Landon Young with the 206th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
From Sports Illustrated:
Coming to the Wildcats as a former five-star recruit, optimism was high for left tackle Young. Despite suffering through some durability concerns, Young has provided rock-solid play for one of the SEC’s most talented units. From a physical perspective, he hits all the size and length thresholds a team would want at tackle. While he shouldn’t be coined as possessing an imposing power profile, Young does have enough in terms of power to give opposing defensive players some problems. As a pass blocker, he frames relatively well. He gets his body in sound position, mirroring well against an array of movements up front.
For a former blue-chip recruit, Young is not the athlete you would imagine; possibly due to his string of injuries. His lateral mobility is underwhelming and he struggles to move off of his spot. Young’s hands also leave a lot to be desired. In pass protection, his hands can fire late and outside, creating some troubling positions. Starter upside should be a huge question for Young. With an adequate amount of size, length and power however, Young has a chance to chisel out a role as a swing tackle at the next level.
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