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2018 NFL Draft Results: Grading the Marcus Davenport Pick

With their first round pick, the Saints have selected Marcus Davenport.  How do you grade the pick?

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With the 14th overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints have selected UT San Antonio Defensive End, Marcus Davenport. The Saints moved up from the 27th pick to take the disruptive pass rusher at 14. Trading a fifth this year plus next year’s first is a pretty steep price to pay, but hopefully this selection pays off in a big way for this Saints defense.

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Pre-Draft Analysis

Davenport has outstanding size and ran an elite 4.58-second 40-yard dash at the combine. He excels at working through contact, plays a ton of snaps and showed a strong motor late in games. He was in a two-point stance in UTSA’s scheme but should develop into a better player with his hand in the dirt in the NFL. He struggles in space and is best suited to play 4-3 end.

Post-Draft Analysis

Cameron Jordan was a first-team All-Pro after posting 13 sacks last season, but Alex Okafor is coming off a season-ending Achilles injury and the Saints could use another top-flight edge-rusher. The Saints’ defense made strides after drafting three defensive players with their first four picks in 2017, and adding Davenport puts them in position to continue to progress in the right direction.

What do you think, Who Dat Nation? Do you love, like, or loathe this selection? Give us your take in our poll, and leave us your insight and opinions below.


How do you grade the Davenport selection?

This poll is closed

  • 28%
    A - Excellent, they've got a difference maker
    (418 votes)
  • 48%
    B - Smart, good pick at a position of need
    (708 votes)
  • 13%
    C - Fine, but they could’ve gotten someone better
    (203 votes)
  • 5%
    D - Disappointing, they took the wrong guy
    (79 votes)
  • 3%
    F- I’ve never heard of this guy, where’s the aspirin?!
    (58 votes)
1466 votes total Vote Now

Saints Top Remaining Needs

  • Linebacker
  • Offensive Lineman
  • Wide Receiver
  • Safety

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

More Action

SB Nation’s Live Pick Results

SB Nation’s Live Grading of the 1st Round