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Saints Surprise With Selection of Stanford OT Andrus Peat

The New Orleans Saints picked Stanford offensive lineman Andrus Peat with their 13th overall pick in the NFL Draft on Thursday, forgoing a trade and opting against a defensive player.

Peat, 6-foot-7 and 313 pounds, started the final 27 games of his career at Stanford and was a semifinalist for the Outland Trophy.

The Saints have eight picks remaining in the draft, including the No. 31 overall pick later Thursday night.

Edge rushers Dante Fowler Jr. (No. 3 to the Jacksonville Jaguars) and Vic Beasley (No 8 to the Atlanta Falcons) were picked early, but Kentucky’s Bud Dupree remained.

The Saints’ pick was one of the biggest surprises of the draft, although defensive end Leonard Williams slipped to the New York Jets at No. 6. No trades materialized.

Peat said it was a “huge honor” to be tasked with protecting quarterback Drew Brees.

“I’m going to give the organization everything I have,” he said.

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