Round Three - Pick 88
Akron G Andy Alleman
6'4 - 305 - 23 years old
Great value here, as Alleman could have easily gone in the second round. It's clear the Saints stuck to their draft board here. Alleman is a big, nasty former defensive lineman who moved to guard and started the past two years for the Akron Zips. Transferred from Pitt along with QB Luke Getsy, even though he was heading up the depth chart as a defensive end. Fairly solid overall, probably better in the passing game at this point.
Pressed 225 pounds 30 times at his Pro Day, and ran a 4.38 20-yard shuttle drill, quick for a lineman. Very feisty with prototypical size and at times dominant at Akron, he's the second straight MAC draft pick for the Saints. Virtually no injury history besides a concussion four years ago.
A real old-school, blue-collar, simple roots kind of brawler who will only get better in a pro locker room, even though he was a collegiate gym rat. Benches 465 pounds. His defensive background leaves him with a certain amount of quickness and skill to win interior line battles, and he might even have the ability to play tackle. Doug Marrone likely won the battle in the draft room. He gets a new present to start breaking down and rebuilding in two weeks at the rookie minicamp.
He visited with the Saints before the draft. Should light a fire under the offensive line's elder statesman Jamar Nesbit, the starter at left guard. Represented by Joe Linta.
Other possibilities at #88 overall: Ohio State QB Troy Smith, Stanford QB Trent Edwards, Florida DE Ray McDonald, Syracuse S Tanard Jackson, Ohio State RB Antonio Pittman, East Carolina WR Aundrea Allison, Cal CB Daymeion Hughes, Delaware TE Ben Patrick, South Carolina CB Fred Bennett, BC G Josh Beekman.