Nearly 2 and a half years ago when the New Orleans Saints traded away both their #1 draft pick in the 2018 NFL Draft as well as their top pick in the following 2019 NFL Draft last year to move up several spots to select outstanding “small school” pass-rusher Marcus Davenport, it’s more than fair to say that a sizable portion of the team’s passionate ‘Who Dat Nation’ fan-base weren’t all too thrilled about the move.

Davenport is not only just trying to make the type of strides to become a permanent part of the Saints D-Line and a complementary addition on the side opposite of All-Pro and fellow defensive end Cam Jordan, but it seems likely that if he can remain relatively healthy, Davenport is poised to become one of the League’s newest defensive stars as an edge pass-rusher and an elite-caliber run defender.

“You’re seeing a bigger, stronger, (but) still athletic player out there,” Saints DL Coach Ryan Nielsen said in a teleconference call with local NOLA media last week.“So he’s able to do some things — striking blocks and holding the point and the edge in the run game, create some knock-back and some more power in the pass rush. With that weight and keeping that athleticism, that’s where he’s really turned the corner of like, ‘I really can do the things that they’re asking me to do.’”

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