Ross Jackson

Pat Swilling Gives High Praise to Marcus Davenport

Earlier today, WWL Radio tweeted out Pat Swilling’s thoughts on Saints first-round pick Marcus Davenport.

Marcus Davenport is a defensive end out of UTSA. The Saints traded away this and next year’s first-round picks (and a fifth-rounder) to scoop him up with the 14th overall pick in this year’s draft. New Orleans did so in the hopes of getting a young, disruptive pass-rusher opposite veteran end Cam Jordan. If anyone knows someone about disrupting off the edge, it’s Pat Swilling.

Swilling played in New Orleans from 1986 to 1992 being selected to four Pro Bowls and twice as a First-Team All-Pro. A member of the feared “Dome Patrol” Swilling finished his career with 107.5 sacks – 76.5 with the Saints. He’s third on the Saints franchise sack leaders list and strung together five 10+ sack seasons in New Orleans including a league-leading 17 in 1991. His linebacking squad is considered one of, if not the, best ever.

As many commented, Pat Swilling is exactly the person who’d know a gifted athlete when he sees one. If we get any kind of production from Davenport and the defensive line in the likes of Pat Swilling and the Dome Patrol linebacker group, that’s two first-round picks well spent.