3 Former Saints we'll be glad are gone, 2 we'll wish stayed
By Randy Gurzi
Saints player we're glad left: Marcus Davenport, EDGE
During the 2018 NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints decided to get aggressive. They moved up from the No. 27 overall pick to No. 14, which wasn't a huge shock.
Analysts, including Ian Rapoport from the NFL Network, were expecting a bold move from Sean Payton and the Saints. What they didn't expect, was for the target of their move to be Marcus Davenport.
The general consensus was that they were going for a quarterback to groom behind Drew Brees and Lamar Jackson felt like the move. Instead, they took the UTSA pass rusher who was known as a developmental player.
Seen as the missing piece on their defense, the Saints expected Davenport to bring that unit to the next level. Early on, it felt as though this would happen as he had 4.5 sacks in a rotational role as a rookie and then went for 31 tackles and six sacks in 2019.
After that, he's been up and down with 1.5 sacks in 2020, 9.0 in 2021, and then 0.5 in 2022. To make matters worse, he's never played a full season, with 15 being the most he suited up for last season.
In all, Davenport missed 19 games in his tenure and never felt like he was going to take off. For that reason, Saints fans aren't likely to miss the former Round 1 pick.