New Orleans Saints draft recap
Last year, the New Orleans Saints had arguably one of the best draft classes ever with first-rounder Marshon Lattimore and third-round selection Alvin Kamara, both going on to win rookie of the year on their respective sides of the ball. So whatever the Saints did this year had a lot more instant credibility.
But even still, giving up two first round picks to move up on day one is usually the market value for a franchise quarterback, not a defensive end. Nonetheless at 14 overall, New Orleans came away with UTSA’s Marcus Davenport, who graded out as the second best player at his position according to NFL Draft Scout.
Now, it’s up to Davenport to make some noise opposite to Cam Jordan and pay it forward. “Honestly, I guess from our meetings they can tell that I love this game and that I really want to get better. So how would I say, they’re taking a chance on me, and I can’t wait to prove them right. I already have some things I want to do, too, so now it’s just about going to get it.”
In that same press conference, Davenport also said his dad was a Saints fan and that he yelled when his son’s name was called by his favorite team.
So, how about the rest of the class? Saints didn’t have another pick until late in the third round which was used on UCF wide receiver Trequan Smith.
On day three, New Orleans went offensive lineman with Florida State’s Rick Leonard.
The Black and Golden went back to defense with their next two picks: Natrell Jamerson, safety out of Wisconsin, and Kamrin Moore, cornerback hailing from Boston College.
Rounding out the weekend was a pair of Louisiana products in Louisiana Tech running back Boston Scott and LSU center Will Clapp.