Saints Roster Breakdown: Predicting the five DEs to crack the 53-man roster
Number One: Marcus Davenport
Marcus Davenport hasn’t quite lived up to the hype of being drafted 14th overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. He was taken over guys like Derwin James, Lamar Jackson, and Darius Leonard, but he still has limitless potential.
Davenport, 23, is still a raw prospect but he has been very vocal about his improvements this offseason and where he wants to be following the season.
Davenport has only had two years in the league for us to sit here and try to analyze, but his leap from year one to year two was staggering and it should have Saints fans fired up for the 2020 season.
In 2018, Davenport logged 22 tackles, six tackles for a loss, 12 quarterback hits, 4.5 sacks, and a forced fumble in 13 games played. His leap from 2018 to 2019 saw him play in the same amount of games but instead record 31 tackles, five tackles for a loss, 16 quarterback hits, six sacks, and three forced fumbles.
Davenport also improved in most of his advanced numbers as well. In 2018, Davenport had three hurries, nine quarterback knockdowns, 17 pressures, and one missed tackle.
In 2019, Davenport improved with 12 hurries, eight quarterback knockdowns, 26 pressures, and two missed tackles. Davenport is a lock to make the roster in 2020 and start alongside Cameron Jordan.