METAIRIE, La. — The Saints picked up depth on the offensive line in the sixth round, going with 6-foot-5, 324-pound guard Andrew Tiller from Syracuse.
And the All Big East player hopes that helps him in at least one phase of life.
“Oh yeah, I’m on Twitter all the time,” Tiller said. “I’m trying to get my followers up right now as we speak, actually. Hopefully getting drafted will bring my followers up to the thousands now. You can’t have a blue check until being 100s on followers.”
Tiller could give the Saints a possible back up Ben Grubbs and Jahri Evans while competing with Matt Tennant, New Orleans’ fifth-round pick from 2010.
Tiller played his final three years in college under former Saints offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Doug Marrone at Syracuse, someone the lineman said was great to play for.
“He’s an o-line guy,” Tiller said of Marrone. “He knows everything. He knows what he’s talking about, especially when it comes to the o-line. He helped me out tremendously.”
NFLDraftScout.com ranks Tiller as 435th-best player in this year’s draft and the 25th-best guard. He was a JUCO transfer out of Nassau (N.Y.) Community College, his last season spent gaining weight. He blossomed to 408 pounds.
But he transferred to Syracuse where he lost 70 pounds in nearly four months and earned respect from his conference peers. He was first-team All Big East in 2011, starting 13 games. He also started 12 games for the Orange in 2010.