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NFL Draft 2015: Saints select DT Tyeler Davison with 154th pick

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The New Orleans Saints have made their second pick in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft, taking Fresno State defensive tackle Tyeler Davison with the 154th selection.

This is a huge pick for the Black and Gold.  Davison could have easily gone in rounds three or four.  So what does Tyeler Davison bring to the table for the New Orleans Saints?

John Hendrix, our managing co-editor here at Who Dat Dish had him as a hopeful day-three target for Sean Payton and company.

His analysis:

Tyeler Davison, or ‘Rhino’, is a defensive tackle that will be sure to attract some interest on the final day. Davison is said to be ‘built like an ox’, sitting at 6’2″, 316 pounds. NFL.com’s draft profile has compared him to Kyle Williams of the Buffalo Bills, which is a very generous comparison.

Davison figures to be better for four man fronts, and tends to engage his defender more than focusing on the ball. He carries high marks in athleticism, strength, balance, and conditioning.

He’s visited the Saints previously, so it wouldn’t be surprising for them to look his way. Davison was originally projected as a third or fourth round choice, so nabbing him late is going to be considered a steal. Either way, the Saints need to fill the void left by Tyrunn Walker on day three.

From GoBulldogs.com:

"·Three time All-Mountain West selection, drawing first-team honors in 2012 and 2014 and voted second-team in 2013.· Made 40 career starts, starting in every game over the final three seasons of his career.· His 8.5 sacks as a senior were the most by a Bulldog interior defensive lineman since Alan Harper had 12.0 in 2001.2014 (Senior): Named first-team All-Mountain West … racked up single-season career-highs in tackles (61), tackles for loss (13.0) and sacks (8.5) … his 61 tackles were the third-most by a defensive lineman in the Mountain West, doing so out of the nose guard position … in MW games only (eight games), ranked tied for first among all defensive linemen with 5.9 tackles per game … tied for fourth in the conference in sacks (8.5) and seventh in tackles for a loss (13.0) … set single-game career-highs in both tackles (14-at UNLV) and sacks (3-vs. Hawai’i) in 2014 … 14 tackles were the most by a Bulldog defensive lineman this century and the most tackles by any MW defensive lineman this season, and 3.0 sacks were the most in a single-game by a Bulldog since Oct. 16, 2010 … is one of 39 players in the FBS to record three or more sacks in a single-game and one of five to do it in the MW … led the team in tackles in games at UNLV and Nevada … recorded a tackle for loss in 10 of 14 games …named a College Football Performance Award honorable mention defensive lineman back-to-back weeks for games played at Nevada and against Hawai’i … forced two fumbles and recovered one … named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award preseason watch lists."

Tyeler Davison is a great pick for the New Orleans Saints, who went on to trade back up into the fifth round, taking Georgia cornerback Damian Swann.  A wide receiver and guard are still on the wish list.

Saints picks through five rounds:

1 (13): Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
1 (31): Stephone Anthony, ILB, Clemson
2 (44): Hau’oli Kikaha, OLB, Washington
3 (75): Garrett Grayson, QB, Colorado State
3 (78): P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State
5 (148): Davis Tull, OLB, Tennessee-Chattanooga
5 (154): Tyeler Davison, DT, Fresno State
5 (167): Damian Swann, CB, Georgia

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