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."
A toe injury, however, caused Davenport to miss three games from Weeks 9-11 and the explosion appeared to be missing down the stretch. He finished the season with 4.5 sacks and 12 quarterback hits before undergoing surgery during the offseason.
New Orleans also enters the 2019 NFL Draft without a third- and fourth-round pick given the trades last year to acquire quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and cornerback Eli Apple. For now, Loomis has a second-round pick (62nd overall) to work with, but he believes the team can add talent to the roster at that position.
"I think our view is it's a fairly deep draft and we're pretty confident that we're going to get a good player at 62," Loomis told reporters.
Davenport will be expected to contribute to another run at the postseason in the coming season with higher expectations.