New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton told reporters at the Annual League Meeting that the team liked the trade that landed defensive end Marcus Davenport as the 14th overall pick of the 2018 draft.

General manager Mickey Loomis doubled down Monday during his pre-draft news conference, pointing out to reporters that the Saints believe Davenport's best is still to come.

"I think he's made progress and he had a couple health things that slowed him down a little bit," Loomis said, via the Saints' official website. "But we like Marcus and we're looking for big things from him."

The Saints signaled how much they liked Davenport last year when they shipped a 2018 first-round pick, a 2019 first-round pick and a 2018 fifth-round pick to the Green Bay Packers to move up from No. 27 to the 14th spot to select the pass rusher.

Davenport was utilized in a rotational role at the right defensive end spot with Alex Okafor, and flashed the athleticism the Saints coveted opposite of Cameron Jordan.