We’ve finally reached this point. The New Orleans Saints made a trade with the Green Bay Packers to get up to the 14th overall spot to select defensive end Marcus Davenport out of UTSA.
- New Orleans receives: 14th Overall
- Green Bay receives: 27th Overall, 2018 5th Round (147th Overall), 2019 1st Round
SB Nation’s Dan Kadar had ranked as his 19th best prospect on his Top 200 board.
19. Marcus Davenport, Edge, UTSA
Much of Davenport’s draft ranking is based on projection. Although he was a three-year starter at UTSA, he’s still a raw athlete who has a long way to go in regard to technique. But he offers so much as an edge rusher due to his size (6’5 3/4, 264 pounds) and speed. Davenport is at his best as a standup pass rusher who can rely on his speed to avoid blocker and chase down the ball carrier. For a taller end, Davenport is surprisingly good at using strength to drive blockers backward. At times Davenport will stay too high and lose leverage, and he needs to figure out how to get off blocks faster. It’s not a strength issue for Davenport, but more so figuring out how to keep the hands of tackles out of his pads. With the right type of coaching, Davenport can be a special player in the NFL.
Grade the Saints 91st overall pick choice.
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Saints Top Remaining Needs
- Offensive Lineman
- Wide Receiver
2018 NFL Draft Schedule
Thursday, April 26 – 7:00 p.m. CT (Round 1 – 10 Minutes Per Pick)
Friday, April 27 – 6:00 p.m. CT (Round 2 – 7 Minutes, Round 3 – 5 Minutes Per Pick)
Saturday, April 28 – 11:00 a.m. CT (Rounds 4-6 – 5 Minutes Per Pick, Round 7 - 4 Minutes Per Pick)
Remaining Draft Picks
- 3rd Round: 91st Overall
- 4th Round: 127th Overall
5th Round: 147th Overall (via Miami)
- 5th Round: 164th Overall
- 6th Round: 189th Overall (via Arizona)
- 6th Round: 201st Overall
- 7th Round: 245th Overall