2018 NFL Draft: Saints give up 2019 first-rounder, pick Marcus Davenport at No. 14
The Saints trade up ... and don't take a quarterback
The Saints have made their big move by trading up to No. 14. For their troubles, the Packers move back to No. 27, get the Saints' 147th pick, as well as their 2019 first-rounder. That's a huge haul for Green Bay, and clearly New Orleans has fallen in love with a player they didn't think would last until the bottom of the first round.
We're as shocked as you.
Perhaps the Saints deserve the benefit of the doubt. A year after having the NFL's best draft class -- it included Marshon Lattimore, Ryan Ramczyck, Marcus Williams and Alvin Kamara -- New Orleans knew pass rusher was a need, and they identified Davenport as their guy.
We'll all have to wait and see together whether this was the right move. From the perspective of midway through the first round, we can't get over the idea that passing on Jackson will come back to haunt them. Drew Brees is 39 and while his game doesn't appear to be slipping, he ain't playing forever.
That said, if the Saints are in win-now mode, finding a pass rusher for 2018 makes more sense than drafting Brees' eventual replacement, who might not even see the field for another couple seasons. They also have a good track record with taking defensive players in Round 1.
More (mostly) encouraging news:
If the Saints make a deep playoff run, no one remembers that they passed on Jackson. Unless, of course, Jackson ends up in New England and wins multiple Super Bowls in a post-Tom Brady world. But that's a long shot to happen, right?
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