NEW OR­LEANS SAINTS

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - NFC SOUTH -

Grade: C

It cost a 2019 first-round pick and more to get Mar­cus Dav­en­port. Yes, he has a higher pass-rush ceil­ing than Bradley Chubb (No. 5 over­all to Den­ver) and could prove to be an ex­cel­lent grab at No. 14. Might Dav­en­port have been around sev­eral picks later? That includes Leonard, a for­mer de­fen­sive end grabbed in the fourth round de­spite in­ex­pe­ri­ence and in­con­sis­tency at the po­si­tion who wasn’t in­vited to the scout­ing com­bine.

Best pick

Mar­cus Dav­en­port is a for­mer hoops star­turned-wide re­ceiver who weighed 200 pounds when he ar­rived at UTSA. Dav­en­port steadily im­proved and is the phys­i­cal em­bod­i­ment of what an NFL de­fen­sive end looks like. An ex­cel­lent ath­lete, Dav­en­port could blos­som into a true force when he re­fines his tech­nique and pass-rush se­quence.

Up­side pick

Will Clapp was a three-year starter in the SEC who is an av­er­age ath­lete and needs to in­crease his strength, but he’s also ver­sa­tile along the in­te­rior and pos­sesses sound fun­da­men­tals that will make him a val­ued re­serve if not more.

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Dav­en­port

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