By Marc Lawrence – When New Orleans selected Michigan center Cesar Ruiz with its pick in the first round of the NFL draft he was ranked third among interior offensive linemen and 43rd among all players on Pro Football Focus’s big board. An interior lineman, Ruiz says he is more comfortable at center but that’s the job held by 2019 second-rounder Erik McCoy, who is coming off a solid rookie season. Wherever he plays he will be a welcome addition to New Orleans’ front wall … The Saints traded pick No. 88 and a 2021 third-round pick to Cleveland for picks Nos. 74 and 244, jumping up 14 spots to grab former Wisconsin edge defender Zack Baun, the only addition on defense. He played a vast majority of his defensive snaps along the edge at the collegiate level but projects as an off-ball linebacker/edge hybrid in the NFL. PFF says that his quicks and hand usage have given opposing tackles nightmares … TE Adam Trautman of Dayton cost the Saints a lot of draft capital. New Orleans traded picks Nos. 130, 169, 203 and 244 to the Vikings for pick No. 105 and the opportunity to draft Trautman. He is the closest thing that exists to a complete tight end in this draft class and was the steal of the Saints’ draft … For more on the Panthers’ draft and a composite review of their grade from 4 of the nation’s leading football authorities, click here.
Oklahoma State LB Amen Ogbongbemiga, a second-team All Big-12 selection last year, tested positive for COVID-19 after attending a protest in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Ogbongbemiga was one of 30 players to return to campus on Monday, the first phase of Oklahoma State athletes returning to campus in the midst of the pandemic. All of those players, as well as coaches and other staff members, were tested for the coronavirus, a source told ESPN. It goes to the fact that if college football wishes to resume this fall that coronavirus testing will be mandatory. The same holds true for all organized sports. It’s time to get it right.
Grinding Out The Profits
2020 PLAYBOOK Football Preview Guide magazine exclusive report: The Cincinnati Bearcats were ranked No. 130 (worst) in the nation in Most Penalties last season. The best recruiting class under head coach Luke Fickell this offseason (22 three and four-stars) should help get them back on track.