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If Drew Brees is the franchise, then protecting him is paramount.

With everyone looking for help on defense, the Saints threw a bit of a curveball by selecting offensive lineman Andrus Peat with the 13th overall pick in the draft.

The pick was made with one of the top pass rushers, Kentucky’s Bud Dupree, and wide receivers, Louisville’s DeVante Parker, still on the board.

New Orleans has a need on the offensive line after trading guard Ben Grubbs to the Kansas City Chiefs earlier this offseason.

Peat is a natural left tackle, but he could slide to the inside and play guard in the interim.