Both first-round picks exit Saints practice
By Mark Chichester • New Orleans Saints • Marshon Lattimore • Ryan Ramczyk • Aug 25, 2017PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 27: Marshon Lattimore of Ohio State reacts with Commissioner of the National Football League Roger Goodell after being picked #11 overall by the New Orleans Saints during the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on April 27, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
- ESPN’s Mike Triplett has reported that New Orleans Saints first-round picks Marshon Lattimore and Ryan Ramczyk both left practice on Wednesday through injury. Both players have missed time already during training camp, and neither played against the Cleveland Browns in the preseason opener. However, Head Coach Sean Payton remains optimistic that the pair will return in time for the team’s third preseason game against the Houston Texans.
- Marshon Lattimore ranked 13th of 269 college cornerbacks in 2016, with a PFF overall grade of 86.4. In his final college season, he was targeted 41 times, allowed just 18 receptions, and yielded a passer rating of just 31.9 – the eighth lowest passer rating among cornerbacks. When healthy, he can help solidify the Saints cornerback position, after their top five players all allowed a passer rating above 93.2 last season.
- Offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk ranked seventh 311 college tackles last year with a PFF grade of 85.0, and was the highest offensive tackle on PFF’s draft board entering the draft. On his 364 pass blocking snaps in 2016, Ramczyk surrendered just 12 pressures and achieved a pass blocking efficiency of 97.5, which ranked 12th of 79 draft-eligible offensive tackles. When he returns, Ramzyk is set to fill the left tackle spot that has been vacated by the injured Terron Armstead.