It’s fair to say many New Orleans Saints fans reacted to night one of the 2018 NFL Draft with a mixture of excitement and (maybe) just a hint of regret.
New Orleans showed it’s not afraid to bet high and play loose whilst trading its 2018 first round pick (27th), its 2019 first rounder and 2018 fifth round pick to Green Bay to move up to take UT-San Antonio defensive end Marcus Davenport.
The move marked the sixth time in 12 years New Orleans has either traded up or added an additional first round pick; Mark Ingram, Brandin Cooks, Sedrick Ellis, Stephone Anthony and Ryan Ramczyck were all byproducts of such moves.
So heading into night 2 it was anyone’s guess as to what Sean Payton would do with the 91st overall pick.
This night New Orleans decided to give its 39-year-old-quarterback some help by drafting wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith out of UCF.
At 6′ 2", Smith had 59 receptions for 1,171 yards and 13 touchdowns last season for the Golden Knights while averaging 19.8 yards per catch.
"If I could, I’d be out there tomorrow," Smith said on a teleconference Friday night. "I’m just willing to soak in the knowledge from a veteran, a great guy, a Hall of Fame quarterback. The experience will be unbelievable, and I’m just going to be right there next to him learning everything that he’s willing to teach me because he’s a great guy and a great quarterback.
"I’m glad I’ll be able to call myself a Saint."