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Erik McCoy allowed just ONE sack at Texas A&M: That and more to know about Saints draft pick

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FILE - In this July 16, 2018, file photo, Texas A&M linebacker Erik McCoy is interviewed during NCAA college football SEC media days at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. McCoy is a prospect in the 2019 NFL Draft. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)

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The New Orleans Saints saw an opportunity in the second round of the 2019 NFL draft. And they pounced on it.

The franchise traded up 14 spots in the second round of the NFL draft to nab Texas A&M offensive lineman Erik McCoy with the 48th overall pick they received from Miami.

The Saints gave up second round picks this year — 62nd overall — and next year in the trade. New Orleans also sent Miami a sixth rounder this year in exchange for a fourth-rounder.

So, who is McCoy? Let's get to know him a bit. ...

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Video: Newly drafted Erik McCoy breaks down into tears after Saints move up to take him

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Erik McCoy broke down into tears after he received word Friday night that the New Orleans Saints snagged him in the second round of the 2019 NFL draft.

"This is a moment I've been waiting for my whole life," McCoy told reporters.

The former Texas A&M offensive lineman watched the draft with his family from its Texas home.

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Erik McCoy gets dream scenario with New Orleans Saints

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Texas A&M football’s Erik McCoy could not have asked for a better situation after the New Orleans Saints traded up to snag him in the second round.

The NFL Draft is in full swing and there has been no shortage of stories to cover — good and bad. It started with former Texas A&M football quarterback Kyler Murray, who transferred to Oklahoma only to win a Heisman, going No. 1 overall to the Arizona Cardinals. It wasn’t shocking, but it represented a change in thinking and perhaps signified the end of traditional quarterbacks in the NFL.

Daniel Jones to the New York Giants was easily the biggest head-scratching moment of the first round, but other than that there weren’t that many shocking moves.

One somewhat surprising development was Aggie center Erik McCoy not going No. 22 overall to the Baltimore Ravens. One should take mock drafts with a grain of salt, but a good majority of them had the Ravens selecting McCoy. ...

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A&M center Erik McCoy goes in the second round to New Orleans

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Erik McCoy (Photo: Icon Sportswire, Getty)

By Jeff Tarpley | 247 Sports

Texas A&M junior center Erik McCoy was selected as the 48th pick overall in the second round of the NFL Draft on Friday night by the New Orleans Saints.

McCoy anchored a young interior as a redshirt freshman for the Aggies in 2016. However, he was an instant hit for the Aggies, earning SEC Lineman of the Week honors for his first start in A&M’s 2016 season opener versus UCLA when the Aggies rushed for over 200 yards. He was eventually named a freshman All American and to the SEC all freshman team as the Aggies finished as one of the top rushing teams in the SEC. In addition, Pro Football Focus graded him out as the top pass blocking center in the country with just two quarterback pressures in 454 pass attempts. ...

The A&M staff tinkered with the idea that McCoy was a better guard than center in the spring of 2017 and used him there before attempting to make the change more permanent in fall camp. ...

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Saints trade up to select Texas A&M center Erik McCoy

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North center Erik McCoy of Texas A&M (78) during the second half of the Senior Bowl college football game, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, in Mobile, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

By Luke Johnson, | The Times-Picayune

The New Orleans Saints traded up 14 spots to select Texas A&M center Erik McCoy with the No. 48 pick in the second round of the NFL draft.

To move up, New Orleans sent its initial second-round pick (No. 62) as well as the higher of its sixth-round picks (No. 202) and a 2020 second-round pick to the Miami Dolphins. In return, Miami sent the No. 48 pick and a fourth-rounder (No. 116).

McCoy started all 39 games of his college career at Texas A&M, with all but two of those starts coming at center. He did not allow a single sack in his college career. ...

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Erik McCoy: How do you like the pick

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Erik McCoy- Center- Texas A&M

He is a hell of a player. I love it. He is versatile and can play both center and guard.

I love it.

GREAT trade for the Saints

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Get your center of the future AND a fourth-rounder back, too?

Well done.

11 players who make sense for Saints in 2nd round of NFL draft

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By Josh Katzenstein, | The Times-Picayune

The first round of the 2019 NFL Draft on Thursday provided more proof that it’s impossible to predict what will happen during the annual selection process.

Teams reach for players that analysts have graded lower while some other highly-rated players slide. It happens every year.

The New Orleans Saints didn’t make a pick in the first round, but they’re due to be on the clock at No. 62 overall in the second round.

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Saints GM Mickey Loomis briefly discusses ‘balancing act’ of a big Michael Thomas contract

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By Josh Katzenstein, | The Times-Picayune

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas is going to break the bank at some point in the next 11 months.

It certainly seems obvious for the Saints to try to re-sign him after Thomas has become one of the premier players in the NFL, but there are some challenges to giving a player a multi-year contract in the neighborhood of $90 million.

Thomas, a second-round pick in 2016, is entering the final year of his rookie deal in 2019, and whether the Saints negotiate a new deal with him now, during the season or next offseason, it’s going to be pricey.

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7 trade options for the Saints on Day 2 of 2019 NFL Draft

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

The New Orleans Saints watched the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft pass by quietly, but they’re ready to make their first pick once rounds two and three kick off Friday night. But the Saints sit at the end of round two, at No. 62 overall, so they could trade up if one prospect they value more than the rest is available at the right spot.

It won’t be easy to make a trade given their lack of picks in this year’s draft, but other teams don’t seem to be asking for as much in compensation to trade down this year. The Denver Broncos moved down 10 spots in the first round, only getting the Pittsburgh Steelers’ second round pick and next year’s third round selection in return. Washington jumped up 20 spots from their second round pick, with the Indianapolis Colts accepting next year’s second rounder in the big move down.

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What Sean Payton is looking for at No. 62

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By James Parks | 247 Sports

The New Orleans Saints remain one of the best teams in the NFL from top to bottom, as evidenced by their finishing with the best overall regular season record and almost getting to the Super Bowl.

But any team can be improved at any time, and the NFL Draft is just the time for that.

Going into the annual festivities, head coach Sean Payton believes that the team is fine as is at just about every position, but acknowledged that he is looking at a few areas in general.

“I think that you’re always looking for depth at offensive line,” Payton said from a golf tournament, outlining a place where the Saints could add some extra contributors in case of injury.

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Cameron Jordan reacts to Falcons first round draft picks

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan is a big-time playmaker for his squad, and he’s got the big personality to match. So of course he was glued into the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, taking notes on which players were going where.

He wasn’t happy to see Arizona State wide receiver N’Keal Harry be picked by the New England Patriots at the end of the first round; he and Harry attended the same high school in Chandler, Arizona, and Jordan hoped the two of them could play together as teammates in the NFL.

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