This was the Saints’ draft model of Ambush, the title for the onside kick the Saints used to vary the momentum in Super Bowl XLIV.
This one took some guts.
Sean Payton as soon as once more caught many soccer followers by shock.
If it really works, he seems to be like a genius.
If it does not, there will likely be loads of second guessing to go round.
But not like the Super Bowl eight years in the past, simply how efficient this draft night time ambush performs out will likely be decided sooner or later.
Perhaps the close to future.
The Saints, who have been slated to have the No. 27 choose within the draft, made a commerce with the Green Bay Packers and leapfrogged to the No. 14 spot within the draft and picked defensive finish Marcus Davenport from the University of Texas San Antonio.
Heck, it even caught Davenport by shock.
“I didn’t know. I didn’t know at all,” he stated.
In addition to swapping picks, the Saints additionally gave up a fifth spherical choose this yr and first-round choose for 2019 to land Davenport.
While many followers have been hoping the Saints would choose a quarterback to fill the enormous footwear that Drew Brees will sooner or later go away behind, Payton as an alternative selected to go together with a defensive finish that he hopes will fill the void on the other facet of Pro Bowler Cam Jordan.
Davenport is a man the Saints had their eyes on for some time, particularly after his displaying on the Senior Bowl and the NFL mix.
“They’re generally guys you have to draft,” Payton stated of Davenport.
It’s a move that reveals the Saints are trying extra on the close to future than the distant future.
Davenport may fill one of many few spots that the crew may use assist in instantly.
Davenport is described by some as nonetheless uncooked, however Payton calls him a fast examine.
But Payton likes his motor, one thing that ought to complement the Cam Jordan motor on the opposite facet of the defensive position fairly effectively. He showcased his ball-hawking skills with eight half sacks, 49 pressures and forcing six fumbles at UTSA, the place he was coached by New Orleans native Frank Wilson.
“You see his effort,” Payton stated. “They’ll be some things we have to work with him on.”
Just how a lot they must work on stays to be seen.
For the skeptics of the Saints move although, maybe it is best to look again to a yr in the past when the Saints proved they knew what they have been doing, drafting the Rookie of the Year on each offense (Alvin Kamara) and on protection (Marshon Lattimore).
And in addition they picked Ryan Ramczyk and Marcus Williams a season in the past, all key contributors on a crew that was a Minnesota miracle away from enjoying within the NFC championship recreation.
Also of observe, the earlier two defensive ends the Saints drafted within the first spherical (Jordan and the late Will Smith) turned out to be fairly dang good.
Can Davenport be the lacking piece to get the Saints over the hump in what is certain to be a rugged NFC street?
Time will inform.
Payton and the Saints hope this gutsy move Thursday night time pays off simply in addition to the one he made eight years in the past within the Super Bowl.
He’s hoping this one will help get the crew again there once more.