Saints Picks From NFL Draft Final Day [Video]
The final day of the NFL Draft is where teams find their hidden gems. Did the New Orleans' Saints find another Carl Nicks or Terron Armstead?
We won't know how any of these guys will pan out yet, but they are on their way to the Crescent City. They'll quickly learn what Sean Payton means by "Do Your Job," or they will have to find work elsewhere.
Any future starts on this list? Only time will tell.
5th Round, 148th Overall: Chattanooga DE/OLB Davis Tull
After selecting Hau'oli Kikaha in the 3rd Round, the Saints added to their depth chart with another edge rusher. Davis Tull was a four-year starter at Tennessee-Chattanooga, where he collected 37 sacks and 60 tackles for loss.
The 6'2"-246 pounder wasn't highly recruited out of college, but earned his way into a fifth round selection in the NFL Draft with tenacity and a high IQ on and off the field (Academic All-American).
Davis was a three-time Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year, which he earned by chasing down players that underestimated him like some high level college programs. Watch a full game of tape on him and make the judgment for yourself.
After picking the edge rusher, surely the Saints went with a pass-catcher...or not.
How about a big ole' defensive tackle from the state of California?
5th Round, 154th Overall: Fresno State DT Tyeler Davison
Tyeler Davison, a 6'2", 316 lb space clogger in the middle from the West Coast, broke out in his senior season for 8.5 sacks, 13 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. Fresno State enjoyed his presence on the line, but some Saints fans were expecting a pass-catcher with this pick.
NFL Analyst Mike Mayock said during draft coverage that he expects Davison to have a long NFL career, contributing to defenses as an effective block occupier and big body.
When Davison gets a hold of somebody, they go down. See it for yourself.
The Saints decided to pull the trigger on a trade, but it wasn't exactly a major splash. They traded out of the sixth round and threw in next year's sixth round pick to Washington in order to get one last pick in the fifth.
They used it to take another lottery ball out of the cornerback basket.
5th Round, 167th Overall: Georgia CB Damian Swann
Georgia's Damian Swann only had four interceptions last year, but do you see that "C" on his jersey? They don't give those out like smiley face stickers.
Not only was Swann one of the Bulldog's leaders, he was also a playmaker. Add the four interceptions onto four forced fumbles, throw in a defensive touchdown and you get the possibility for a game changer with real upside. At 6'0"-189lbs, most analysts like him as a bump-and run or man-coverage corner, but he will have to improve on his zone reads to see time on the field.
With the Saints selecting Florida State CB P.J. Williams to finish out their Day 2 of th NFL Draft, Swann is another name to add onto the depth chart at defensive back. With the way Saints' corners get injured, they could use all the depth allowed.
Anybody that can take a fumble back 99 yards is always on the brink of delivering excitement...
One last pick. After trading out of the sixth round, the Saints decided to spend their final pick on a skill position player.
Not a tight end, which many draft analysts and fans expected New Orleans to take. Not a wide receiver either. How about a 5'8" SEC Running Back?
7th Round, 230th Overall: Missouri RB Marcus Murphy
Mizzou's Marcus Murphy might only be 5'8"-193lbs, but the versatile back racked up over 1,000 total offensive yards in SEC, which is no easy task. On 205 offensive touches, he averaged 5.5 yards a play. In the Saints' system, he could succeed if not thrive.
Mark Ingram, Khiry Robinson and newly acquired CJ Spiller make up the three-headed monster in the backfield, and other guys like Traveris Cadet will get the nod before Murphy as well. You don't expect much from a 7th rounder though. Simply be surprised if he ends up panning out down the round.
Like all the other men in this draft class, Murphy will have to earn his time on the field under Sean Payton. Some will have a little longer leash, but they all passed the first step: they were drafted.