The New Orleans Saints made a major trade Thursday night to move up in the first round of the NFL draft and select defensive end Marcus Davenport with the 14th overall pick.
The Saints traded their first-round pick this year (No. 27), a fifth-rounder (No. 147) and their first-round pick in 2019 to the Green Bay Packers to land Davenport, a former Texas-San Antonio star who figures to bolster New Orleans’ pass rush.
Although Payton said it was fair to label Davenport as more of a raw, developmental prospect than most rookies in this year’s draft class, he said the 6-foot-6, 264-pounder fits the size/speed “prototype” for the position. He ran the 40-yard dash in a blazing 4.58 seconds at the scouting combine, and Payton also praised his intelligence and “tremendous makeup.”
First-year Packers GM Brian Gutekunst wasn’t done trading after the deal with the Saints. He went from 14 back to 27 and up to 18 — where he took Louisville cornerback Jaire Alexander after a trade with the Seahawks.
Gutekunst said he did not have the deal in place with Seattle GM John Schneider, a former colleague in Green Bay, when he moved back from No. 14. But he was intent on moving up.
Ole Miss objected to Patterson’s waiver request earlier this month with the school saying it didn’t believe he and the other players were told lies about the future of the program. Rebels coach Matt Luke said he and others at the school have no problem with Patterson being able to play in 2018, but the school did not agree with the way his request was worded. Athletic director Ross Bjork told reporters he had “no choice” but to object because of the claims made in the waiver request.
Bjork said Thursday night that Ole Miss was waiting for the NCAA to send the school Michigan’s updated filing before deciding how to respond. Ole Miss has the option to agree, disagree or give no response to the filing, but ultimately it is the NCAA’s decision to make.
“It’s a blessing and an honor. It just shows that [the Raiders] kept faith in me and they got faith in me, and also that I believe in myself. Things aren’t going to be easy, things are always not easy, but you’ve got to just keep fighting and keep working, and I’m going to be all right. I’m going to handle my business, come to work here and prepare and go out and handle my business as a man.”
Bryant was acquired Thursday night for the third-round pick, No. 79 overall, Oakland had acquired from the Arizona Cardinals in trading back from No. 10 overall to No. 15 in the first round of the NFL draft.