The New Orleans Saints have one of the best rosters in the entire NFL, and they’re proving it in the NFL Network’s breakdown of the top 100 players.
After Ryan Ramczyk came in at No. 82 and Marshon Lattimore at No. 76, Demario Davis cracked the list at No. 67. The Saints should still be expecting to see Cam Jordan, Michael Thomas, Drew Brees and maybe Terron Armstead ranked. Alvin Kamara came in at No. 42.
That said, while one can make the case that Davis, who was nominated as a First-Team All-Pro team a season ago, should be higher, being a top-70 player in an NFL dominated by quarterback play is nothing to smirk at.
Former teammate and now Ravens’ starting running back Mark Ingram was given the task of hyping up Davis as the quintessential linebacker, and he did it excellently, talking about his rare combination of leadership and athleticism.
Last season, Davis totaled 111 combined tackles, 87 of which were solo. He was incredible, making his presence felt all over the field. He also notched 12 pass deflections when his previous career-high was a mere five.
Another positive was the four sacks he recorded. Davis has now had at least four sacks in every one of his last three seasons. Learning to make his presence felt as a rusher as well, Davis has continued to improve his game as the team has improved their defense.
As for Davis among our player rankings, he came in at No. 6. Just a dominant force, Davis will be up for a new contract at the end of the season which will be something to watch. The team has the money to extend him, but it’s more about juggling priorities at this point.
If they’re smart, they’ll put Davis at the top of their list as he’s been the voice and energy for this team’s defense over the course of his three seasons in the Big Easy.