Shea Patterson’s long winter of waiting appears to be coming to an end.
The NCAA is expected to let the Michigan quarterback know soon if he will be able to take the field for his new team in the upcoming season.
In joining Oakland, Bryant, who missed the entire 2016 season because of a suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, gives Raiders quarterback Derek Carr a dangerous receiving corps alongside Amari Cooper and Jordy Nelson. Bryant’s arrival also makes slot receiver Seth Roberts a potential trade chip.
“We’ve been looking for a size receiver, a big receiver,” said Raiders coach Jon Gruden. “He’s big, he’s 6-foot-4. We’re looking for a fast receiver and he’s fast. He runs sub 4.4. So he has size, he has speed.
The Saints have a long history of moving up in the first round to draft a player they covet. This marks the sixth time they’ve done it in general manager Mickey Loomis’ tenure, dating to 2003.
Although the cost of two first-round picks might seem like a fortune on the surface, coach Sean Payton pointed out that the Saints hope both of the picks wind up coming late in the round, which made the value perfectly fair on their chart.
“This was one that was easy,” said Payton, who made no apologies about New Orleans’ aggressive trading history in the draft. “Look, these were the same questions last year when we moved our second-round pick for Alvin Kamara. And that appeared to be ‘ahhh’ a lot. And yet, shoot, what’s our country’s national debt? I mean, hopefully we’re [just] talking about a late first-round pick next year.”
It was clear an edge rusher was a big need for the Saints — Payton called it a “must” in each of the past two years. And he said Davenport was a player they had coveted throughout the process, dating to his impressive Senior Bowl week. Davenport was the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year with 8.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and four pass break-ups. He had 22, six and eight in his four-year college career.