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When the New Orleans Saints shipped Brandin Cooks to the New England Patriots and landed an additional first-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft,James White Jersey, most believed they would use both Day 1 selections to address their many defensive woes.

But after getting arguably the draft’s best corner at No. 11 overall in Ohio State’s Marshon Lattimore, the Saints left more than a few folks puzzled by using the No. 32 pick on Wisconsin offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk.

 offensive tackle certainly didn’t seem like one that warranted first-round consideration,Authentic Donald Trump Jersey, especially in one of the weakest drafts in recent memory at the position. But with Ramczyk regarded by many as arguably the best of this year’s crop,Derek Rivers Jersey,On their list of glaring needs,Antonio Garcia Jersey, the Saints opted for value instead of reaching for need.

That strategy could be paying off sooner than the Saints planned.

 news broke that Terron Armstead, the Saints’ starting left tackle, would miss the next four to six months due to a torn labrum. Even on the front end of that recovery window,On Friday, that puts Drew Brees’ blind-side protector out for half of the regular season.

Now, the Saints spending that first-round pick on one of the most pro-ready left tackle prospects in the 2017 draft doesn’t look so crazy.

 and he’s coming off offseason hip surgery,Authentic James White Jersey,Authentic Dont'a Hightower Jersey, as well. But in terms of his skill set,Dont'a Hightower Jersey,Donald Trump Jersey,Ramczyk obviously comes with the typical rookie concerns of acclimating to the speed of the NFL game,Authentic Derek Rivers Jersey, it’s easy to make the case that Ramczyk is this year’s best bet when it comes to projecting the most capable left tackle prospect.

 injuries have kept him from playing a full slate of games in any of his first four NFL seasons,Authentic Antonio Garcia Jersey, and signed a lucrative five-year extension last offseason. That said, including just seven games last year. And while his new contract may seem like a long-term commitment,Armstead is still just 25 years old, the Saints could get of the deal after the 2018 season with just $7.4 million in dead money, per Spotrac.

This situation could provide the Saints with an opportunity to see how quickly Ramczyk can develop, during which he could prove himself worthy of being their new long-term solution at left tackle.

 let this be yet another lesson to those who want to count their draft chickens before they hatch. The Saints took plenty of grief from fans and analysts alike for taking Ramczyk,So, but Armstead’s injury is proving the value of building depth at key positions and staying true to the value on your draft board.

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