With the 48th pick, the Saints select Texas A&M Center Erik McCoy.
In order to facilitate the trade, the Saints sent a 2020 second round pick to the Miami Dolphins, who've been known to be interested in a quarterback in next year's draft class.
McCoy fills an immediate need, as center Max Unger announced his retirement from the NFL this offseason. The 6-4, 303-pound center/guard hybrid brings a strong frame to the interior of the offensive line.
Saints trade up to land a Max Unger replacement, Texas A & M center Erik McCoy. Saints gave up a 2020 second rounder to do it.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 27, 2019
But more importantly, McCoy was one of the faster offensive lineman in this year's draft class. He ran a 4.89 40-yard dash, and completed 29 reps in the bench press at the Scouting Combine.
Everyone knows how important protecting the quarterback is in the NFL. Perhaps nowhere is that more of a priority than with the Saints, who's main goal is to win a Super Bowl before Drew Brees calls it quits.