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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; If Marcus Davenport develops the way the New Orleans Saints think he will, he and his fellow bookend Cam Jordan could potentially form one of the more devastating edge tandems in the NFC. But, if you look at some of ...

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If Marcus Davenport develops the way the New Orleans Saints think he will, he and his fellow bookend Cam Jordan could potentially form one of the more devastating edge tandems in the NFC.

But, if you look at some of the players the Saints kicked the tires on this offseason, they probably are not finished addressing this position before the start of the 2019 season.

New Orleans met with two big-name defensive ends during the free agency period — Robert Quinn and Ezekiel Ansah — and while it did not come away with either, that alone should suggest the Saints are not finished filling out the edge of their defensive line.



When Alex Okafor signed a fairly lucrative deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans lost a player who was on the field for nearly two thirds of its defensive snaps a year ago. Davenport will surely eat into some of that playing time, but a gap still exists.

The only other defensive end on the current roster is Trey Hendrickson, a 2017 third-round pick whose playing time dropped drastically last season. Hendrickson was only active for five games in 2018 after recording two sacks in 12 games as a rookie.

With less than three weeks remaining before the draft, we’re analyzing the Saints’ needs at each position. The 11-part series began last week with the offense, and continued with the secondary and linebackers earlier this week.

DEFENSIVE ENDS/EDGE

Saints depth chart

Cam Jordan

Marcus Davenport

Trey Hendrickson

Potential Day 1 (first round) selections

Nick Bosa, Ohio State

Josh Allen Kentucky

Rashan Gary, Michigan

Montez Sweat, Mississippi State

Clelin Ferrell, Clemson

Brian Burns, Florida State

Jachai Polite, Florida

Jaylon Ferguson, Louisiana Tech

Potential Day 2 (rounds 2-3) selections

Zach Allen, Boston College

Chase Winowich, Michigan

Oshane Ximines, Old Dominion

Austin Bryant, Clemson


D’Andre Walker, Georgia

Christian Miller, Alabama

Potential Day 3 (rounds 4-7) selections

Ben Banogu, TCU

Joe Jackson, Miami

Anthony Nelson, Iowa

Jalen Jelks, Oregon

Maxx Crosby, Eastern Michigan

Peter Gustin, USC

Charles Omenihu, Texas
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We now have two quality DE's.….depth could be an issue with another injury though. Cam has been a rock but he's older now and injuries can happen easier the longer you play.
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