New Orleans TRADES G Ben Grubbs to Kansas City
The Saints offensive line was a wreck up the middle for most of the 2014 season. Former first round pick (by BAL) Ben Grubbs excels as a run blocker and can really get a lot of movement at the point of attack. But he lacks length and foot quickness as a pass blocker. New Orleans is always going to be a pass first, second, and third team as long as Brees and Payton are calling the shots together. The acquistion and eventual replacement of Grubbs are quality steps in the right direction.
KC’s offense is built around Jamaal Charles and their next option is his backup, Knile Davis. While Alex Smith is an efficient passer and they made a move to improve the air attack by signing Jeremy Maclin, their offensive line needs a boost in the physical department. Grubbs comes in for the price of a 5th round pick and gives them an upgrade right off the bat. Good fit for both parties here.
I like how the Saints are approaching their strategy to improive this offense. They are re-tooling the interior of the of their offensive line and adding draft picks. They already made a huge upgrade at center and will now look to put in a more scheme-friendly guard in place of Grubbs. And don’t forget, they have three selections in the top 45, including 2 first round picks.
Kansas City values the offensive line’s power presence and ability to dominate the point of attack. They should continue to add maulers up front. There is a strong group of interior OL in this class and their plan should be to grab at least one of them.