Cesar Ruiz

Pre-Draft Analysis

Ruiz is a well-built center with longer arms and massive hands. He has very good balance and rarely falls off blocks. He has made huge improvements and developed into an outstanding pass-blocker over the past two seasons. He projects as a plug-and-play starting center but also started five games at guard as a freshman and is versatile enough to play there in the NFL. — Steve Muench

Post-Draft Analysis

This is one of the more surprising picks based on what we know. The Saints traded up to get center Erik McCoy in the second round last year, and he started 16 games. Guards Andrus Peat and Larry Warford both went to the Pro Bowl. Warford is entering a contract year, so the Saints could see Ruiz as his future replacement. Ruiz is good player, but this remains a curious pick. — Steve Muench

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