Davenport was the second defensive end to come off the board behind Bradley Chubb out of North Carolina State at No. 5 overall to the Denver Broncos.
Payton said Davenport not only had the physical attributes the Saints sought in a defensive end, but also struck them as someone who was bright, mature and had a good work ethic. 10 to 14 range as the place to nab Davenport, Payton said.
Nothing against Davenport. He is a physical marvel and could be a phenomenal pass rusher. McAllister thinks the Saints have the flawless coach in place to help develop Davenport.
"We were hoping that was right around where we'd be able to select him", Payton said.
Davenport is the first ever Roadrunner in program history selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. "So, the only logical thing to do was to go draft that guy".
But Payton likes his motor, something that should complement the Cam Jordan motor on the other side of the defensive line quite well.
"Just look at what's happened the last couple of years". And they paid quite the price to land Davenport in the draft. "He did tell me around the Senior Bowl that if the Saints got me he would die".