Following a trade with the Green Bay Packers, the New Orleans select Marcus Davenport with the 14th pick of the 2018 Draft. Marcus Davenport heads to New Orleans after the Saints gave up pick 27, their fifth round selection of 2018 and their first choice in next years’ draft in order to move up to the 14th pick.
Marcus Davenport Selected by the New Orleans Saints
Marcus Davenport is an extremely raw pass-rusher from UTSA, whilst the Saints may look as though they’ve invested a lot in their newest player it is important to remember that he will come into a team where he can learn from Cameron Jordan – one of the best edge rushers in the entire league.
The Saints really aren’t far away from making a championship run and clearly view Davenport as the best option to go all in on Drew Brees’ ever-shrinking Superbowl window. The defense saw three starters come in immediately from their 2017 class of rookies and their last first round pick became one pair of New Orleans’ award-winning rookies.
New Orleans’ front office clearly have a vision that they are trying to actualise, the 6″5 defensive end adds a level of sheer burst and play making potential that propel them closer to the ultimate goal than last years’ heartbreak in Minnesota. Whilst the ceiling of Davenport is sky-high, there is a danger that he won’t be able to translate his game to the NFL immediately. Defensive end is the hardest position to produce as a rookie in the NFL, it will be interesting to see if the Saints faith in this prospect pays off immediately.