Since 2006, the New Orleans Saints offensive line has been one of the strengths of the team. No matter who leaves the team, the Saints have always plugged in the next player in line and never had a hitch.
That is especially the case this year. Carl Nicks followed the money to division-rival Tampa Bay, and Mickey Loomis replaced him with Pro Bowler Ben Grubbs.
Grubbs is the first lineman who was brought in to start since Jeff Faine in 2006. Faine was brought in via trade, and Grubbs free agency.
The Saints have done a great job of drafting talent for the offensive line. Three out of the five starters on the line were home-grown talent, so to speak, and it could be four if Matt Tennant takes over the starting center position from Brian de la Puente. That's a testament to offensive line coach Aaron Kromer.
The front office added two more lineman during the draft to add depth to the unit: Andrew Tiller and Marcel Jones. Let's hope Kromer can turn these guys into the next starting lineman for the Saints.