Saints willing to mortgage future for Marcus Davenport

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The Saints knew they wanted pass-rusher Marcus Davenport, and they knew he wouldn’t be there at No. 27.

So they didn’t mind taking out a loan for the future to get him.

Saints coach Sean Payton shrugged off the cost of moving to No. 14 to take Davenport, a deal with the Packers that cost them a fifth-rounder this year and next year’s first.

“When you look at the points on it you’re picking at 27,” Payton said in quotes distributed by the team. “So let’s call it a first round pick, yet it’s pick 27. To truly do the full metrics of the value, you’d have to jump ahead next year to see what’s next year’s one. So, I think you’re constantly paying attention to the charts and teams in our league are on top of correct compensation. Periodically you see one that gets bumped out of whack.

“But this was one that was easy. These were the same questions last year one when we move our second round pick for Alvin Kamara. That appears to be a lot and yet you know what’s our country’s national debt? However many billion dollars we’re talking about you know hopefully a late (first) round pick next year.”

The Saints gave their 2018 second-rounder during last year’s draft to take Kamara in the third, and he didn’t disappoint on the field.

That leaves them to wait until late in the third-round tonight (91st overall), and a long wait next year. But they’re hoping the talented defensive end will help keep that pick late in the round. Payton said the thought Davenport would go between the 10th and 14th picks, so they knew the range they were looking for, and talked to multiple teams before dealing with the Packers.

28 responses to “Saints willing to mortgage future for Marcus Davenport

  1. His reply sounds confused and babbling – I’m sure that put Saint’s fans that were concerned about the decision right at ease.

  2. Did he really say “when you when you when you” in quotes distributed by the team? A better PR team would conceal the fact that you started drinking early.

  3. Sean Payton the coach – brilliant. Sean Payton the GM – not so much. You could see his hubris surging at the Zurich Classic Celebrity Golf Match here in New Orleans. My buddy and I looked at each other and said “Icarus will take flight, again” and we knew it was coming – maybe not the who, but Payton’s ego where he wants to prove he’s the smartest guy in the room. We’d hope we were past this even with the Kamara pick (yes, he was OROTY, but Kareem Hunt was also on the board in Round 3 and he took the oft-injured Anzalone from UF). Unfortunately, Payton has immunity because he coached the Saints to a Superbowl and like Don Shula in later years will not face the same accountability of other coaches even though neither won another title despite wasting HOF Quarterback’s career.

  4. Sounds like both sides are happy with the deal. Win-Wn. Those are the best deals.

    Go! Pack! Go!

    Geaux Saints!

  5. “That appears to be a lot and yet you know what’s our country’s national debt? However many billion dollars we’re talking about you know hopefully a late (first) round pick next year.”

    I understand what he’s trying to say, but geez, I’d be having the team physicians checking for other signs of stroke

  6. Saints got exactly the player they wanted. Good move. Packers made a smart move too.

  7. They moved up 13 spots to grab their guy. This kid has the highest ceiling in the draft. They Grabbed a player that plays the second most important position in the draft and gave up a first round pick to do so. I still don’t understand why people think teams only jump up for qbs. Pretty ridiculous honestly. I absolutely love this pick.

  8. The big question is this… How much better does this make the Saints defense? The answer in short is “Not very Much”. They’ll be lucky if they Take their Very Weak division next year and they just threw away a first round draft pick. Just a very stupid move that they will regret for years to come.

  9. Trade value is insane on draft day. 2 1sts and a 5th for an unproven Defensive End?

    The correct move each and every draft is to trade down and acquire more draft capital. 3 1sts for Sammy Watkins? It just makes no sense when guys like Randy Moss, Brandon Marshall, etc. are traded for 2nd – 4th round picks in their prime.

    The value in trading for proven commodities is exponentially greater than the unknown. General Managers are just gambling on scratch tickets with Draft Day trades.

  10. Here’s to hoping that Father Time (who is an undefeated SOB) catches up to Brees in a hurry and he drops off a cliff. The NFC South is no joke and it’s possible next years 1st turns into a top 10 pick. If that happens – Gutenkust will look like a genius.

    I’m actually pretty pumped to have another team to pay attention to next year. Going to be fun rooting against the Saints all year!

    Go Pack!!

  11. datdude84 says:
    April 27, 2018 at 8:42 am
    They moved up 13 spots to grab their guy. This kid has the highest ceiling in the draft. They Grabbed a player that plays the second most important position in the draft and gave up a first round pick to do so. I still don’t understand why people think teams only jump up for qbs. Pretty ridiculous honestly. I absolutely love this pick.
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    Agreed, dude. I loved how NFLN was positively giddy that the Saints were going to grab Lamar Jackson. Everyone on the dais agreed. And they all gasped when the Saints took an absolute need for this year, as now is not the time to build for the future. Home run move.

    Also, are any Saints fans bummed that we don’t have a second round pick tonight? We gave that up for Alvin Kamara last year. Criticize all you want, haters.

  12. I think the Pack GM made some really good 1st day moves. Gave up a 3rd rounder but got one of their guys on their draft board, a next year 1st, & this year 5th & 7th. I think they have 12+ picks to work with over the next 2 days and more moves are realistic. NO got their guy, so let’s “trust the process”…

  13. I think they will regret not having that pick in the first round next year. No matter where it falls, even if somehow #32, it would have provided them a chance to get an understudy to Brees. Brees in a great player, but there going to be a major whole in that franchise in a couple of years when he decides to retire. They need to start planning for that, but really lack the capital to do it now…

  14. It was a lot to give up but I must admit, Davenport looks like he’ll be an absolute beast for years to come. He’s got Demarcus Ware written all over him. Wouldnt be surprised to see him win DPOY at some point of his career and if he does, the trade is worth it.

  15. Translation: We are rebuilding and I plan on cleaning house for picks next year
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    One bad tackle attempt away from the NFCChamp game doesn’t constitute a rebuild. I guess 26 other teams in the league are rebuilding by your definition.

  16. Saints all in and selling out the future. Unlikely to work. I wouldn’t be surprised if the injury bug hits and they miss the playoffs.
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    Sounds like someone is vindictive and bitter again lol

  17. They’ll be lucky if they Take their Very Weak division next year
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    Hahaha NFCSouth produced 3 playoff teams last year. One of the best divisions in the NFL

  18. Saints traded their future last year to get Kamara and that made a big improvement. This year’s move will do the same again. Don’t be surprised if their first round pick next year gives Green Bay the 32nd selection.

  19. The Saints already have a good QB prospect on their roster, and they acquired him from Green Bay. In retrospect, it looks like the Packers should have cut Hundley and kept Tayson Hill, a rookie from BYU. Instead the Packers tried to get Hill onto their practice squad at the end of training camp, but NO snatched him up and kept him on their active roster all year. Hill showed a lot of promise in last years preseason games for the Packers.

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