New Orleans Saints select UTSA’s Marcus Davenport in NFL Draft
In the case of the New Orleans Saints, the downside to making a deep run in the NFL playoffs is being one of the last teams to draft a few months later, unless of course the Saints were to trade up.
That’s exactly what the Black and Gold did tonight in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
With the 14th overall pick, the Saints select Marcus Davenport, defensive end, University of Texas San Antonio.
The Saints took their 27th overall pick and swapped it with Green Bay’s, in addition to sending the Packers a fifth round selection and a first rounder in 2019.
Theoretically, Davenport would line up opposite to Cam Jordan, creating a tandem pass rush that could cause havoc in the NFC South for years to come. NFL draft scout had the former Road Runner listed as the second-ranked defensive end in the year’s class.
Now here’s the head of the class starting with the lowly Cleveland Browns who threw off everyone’s draft boards by taking Baker Mayfield.
New York Giants didn’t end up going QB at all, selecting perhaps the best player in the entire draft: Penn State running back Saquon Barkley.
New York Jets get a potential steal with Sam Darnold at number three while Josh Rosen falls all the way to number ten with the Arizona Cardinals.
Finally, the Atlanta Falcons double up on Alabama wide receivers with Calvin Ridley at 26.