Like wide receiver and cornerback, center is a position the Saints are expected to address in this year’s draft.
New Orleans elected not to re-sign 2013 starter Brian de la Puente, and backup Tim Lelito is a strong candidate to take over the job this coming season.
He is largely unproven, however, and the Saints would be prudent to bring in a rookie to compete with him in fall camp.
As for this year’s crop of centers, Marcus Martin (USC), Weston Richburg (Colorado State) and Travis Swanson (Arkansas) are widely recognized as the top three in the class.
Utah State’s Tyler Larsen is another name to consider, especially if the front office elects to wait until the later rounds to draft a center.
He turned in an impressive week of practice at this year’s Senior Bowl. Subsequently, he threw up 36 repetitions on the bench press at the combine, which were the second most by any player in attendance. He also has experience playing in an uptempo, no-huddle offense, which would benefit him if he joins the Saints.