First-rounder Davenport among Saints draft signings

Marcus Davenport after being selected as the No. 14 overall pick to the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium.Photo Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (file photo)

The Saints signed first-round pick Marcus Davenport and five other players selected in the 2018 NFL Draft.

The New Orleans Saints signed first-round pick Marcus Davenport and five other players selected in the 2018 NFL Draft, the team announced Thursday.

Davenport, a defensive end who was the 14th overall selection from Texas-San Antonio, signed a four-year contract with a fifth-year option.

Offensive tackle Rick Leonard, free safety Natrell Jamerson, cornerback Kamrin Moore, running back Boston Scott and center Will Clapp signed four-year deals.

Wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith, the Saints’ third-round choice, is the only draft pick who has not signed.

The 6-foot-6, 265-pound Davenport totaled 186 tackles, 22 sacks, 38 tackles for loss, six forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and eight passes defensed during 43 games in college. He was named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year in 2017 after logging 55 tackles, including 17.5 for loss, 8.5 sacks and eight quarterback hurries.

Leonard, selected in the fourth round (127th overall) out of Florida State, started all 13 games last year after moving from defensive end. Jamerson, the Saints’ fifth-round pick (164th overall) out of Wisconsin, had 88 career tackles, 16 passes defensed and two interceptions in 47 career games.

Moore, one of two sixth-round selections, was a three-year starter at Boston College who totaled 140 tackles and two interceptions. Scott, also picked in the sixth round, ran for 1,840 yards and 14 touchdowns in 39 career games, including 1,047 yards and eight touchdowns last year, for Louisiana Tech.

Clapp, a seventh-round choice, started for three years at LSU and was first-team All-Southeastern Conference at guard and center.


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