Ranking Saints’ last 10 first-round draft picks

The New Orleans Saints have some hits and misses in their last 10 first-round draft picks. Let’s take a look and see how all 10 compare to each other.
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8. DT Bryan Bresee

Bryan Bresee was drafted with the 29th-overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. With just one season under his belt, there’s a pretty good chance that he could move up this list. For now, after the completion of his rookie season, Bresee will have to settle for eight.

The defensive tackle played in all 17 games, but he didn’t start. As a rotational defensive lineman, Bresee still recorded 24 tackles, seven for a loss, and 4.5 sacks. That’s certainly a promising start for his career. As he goes into year two, he should be able to keep elevating his game.

7. DE Marcus Davenport

It’s becoming clear that New Orleans has invested a lot into the defensive line in recent years, because Marcus Davenport is already the third defensive linemen on this list. Davenport was selected with the 14th-overall pick in the 2018 Draft, and he was actually productive for the Saints.

He played five seasons in New Orleans before moving on to the Minnesota Vikings last offseason. In New Orleans, he started 32 of the 63 games he played with the team, recording 142 tackles, 25 for a loss, and 21.5 sacks. While he didn’t become a franchise staple, he did have five productive years.