It is no secret that the New Orleans Saints are very thin at the left-tackle spot with the departure of Jermon Bushrod. The Saints did all they could to bring in some players that could replace Bushrod and it appears that one of their newer players will get a shot at earning the starting job. In the 2013 NFL Draft, the Saints selected Arkansas-Pine-Bluff offensive-tackle Terron Armstead in the third round.
In the first round, the Saints opted to go with Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro, but they wasted no time filling their need for an offensive tackle in the third round. Armstead comes from a small school but they Saints have a knack for turning small school talents into productive NFL players. Furthermore, Armstead will get a shot right away to earn a starting job on the Saints offensive line.
Armstead is still a little raw, but his size and athletic ability is what attracted the Saints and ultimately how he ended up with the team. At 6-foot-5, 306-pounds Armstead possesses great size for the left tackle spot, but he will be squaring off against more superior talent in the NFL than he did in college. However, with Jason Smith and Charles Brown as his primary competition Armstead could find himself starting in his rookie season.
Armstead was one of the fastest linemen in this year’s draft class, and since he is so light on his feet he does excel in pass protection. If Armstead can prove to be effective in pass protection in the NFL, he could be the starting left tackle sooner rather than later. Furthermore, depending on how Armstead develops, he could prove to be quite a steal for the Saints and could be the starting left tackle of the future.