Saints selected Arkansas-Pine Bluff OT Terron Armstead with the No. 75 overall pick.
A perfect fit in terms of both value and need for the Saints, who lost LT Jermon Bushrod in free agency. Armstead (6-foot-4 3/4, 306) set an NFL Combine record for offensive linemen with a 4.71 forty-yard dash, and tied Oklahoma's Lane Johnson for this year's fastest ten-yard split (1.64).
His vertical was 34 1/2 inches. Drawing pre-draft comparisons to Texans All-Pro Duane Brown, Armstead is a long-armed (34") left tackle with rare movement skills and sky-high upside.
Concerns are his level of competition and a medical red flag on Armstead's back, discovered during pre-draft exams. Along with a shoulder issue from last season, it's why the athletic freak slipped this far. But then again he demonstrates incredible athleticism throughout the draft process and also has quality game tape.
Later in the day the Saints traded up to select Georgia NT John Jenkins with the No. 82 overall pick, sending the Nos. 106 and 109 picks to the Dolphins.
Jenkins (6-foot-4, 359) is an agile mover despite massive size and flashed pocket-pushing ability for the Dawgs.
He tallied eight tackles for loss and four sacks as a two-year starter in Georgia's 3-4, playing both nose and five technique. Jenkins drew pre-draft comparisons to Red Bryant and Shaun Rogers.
With the Saints moving to a three man front, Jenkins could rotate at the nose tackle spot.