Saints Draft Michigan Center Cesar Ruiz in Tremendous Move to Bolster Offensive Line

Michigan center Cesar Ruiz
Michigan center Cesar Ruiz / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Rather than plug up a weakness, the New Orleans Saints decided to improve on a strength.

Despite having stars like Erik McCoy, Andrus Peat, and Ryan Ramczyk on the offensive line, the Saints decided to add Michigan lineman Cesar Ruiz with the 24th overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft, which should help an aging, immobile quarterback in Drew Brees stay on his feet in the pocket.

Ruiz started games at both guard spots for Michigan, but he made his mark as a center. While his raw strength and ability to anchor in pass protection stands out, the Saints will certainly like his ability to get out in space and make plays as a run blocker.

A low-floor player, Ruiz should wiggle into the starting lineup in Year 1.

Ruiz could start at center and bump McCoy to guard or make the move himself. This could give the Saints the best offensive line in football if all goes according to plan.