The New Orleans Saints took a risk in the 2018 draft, trading up to select defensive end Marcus Davenport in the first round. With DE Alex Okafor signing with Kansas City in free agency, can Davenport fill the void?
By Zachary Knerr | Pro Football Network
Nobody expected Marcus Davenport, from the University of Texas at San Antonio, to be drafted 14th overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. However, that’s precisely what the New Orleans Saints did when the team traded up from the 27th pick with the Green Bay Packers. The Saints also sent the Packers a 2018 fifth-round pick and a 2019 first-round pick. A hefty price for a player with a fair amount of uncertainty surrounding him, but the Saints took the gamble. Heading into the 2019 season, the Saints need this gamble to be a jackpot winner.
Davenport played 13 games this past season, missing weeks 9-11 due to a toe injury. Throughout the season, Davenport compiled 28 quarterback pressures, including five sacks and eight QB hits. He was also able to make it into the backfield for 12 tackles for loss and forced a fumble.
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