By K.D. Drummond
The Saints have reached agreement with six of their seven picks from the 2018 draft class. First and foremost was No. 14 overall selection Marcus Davenport, the defensive end New Orleans mortgaged their future to secure. They also secured four years worth of services from tackle Rick Leonard, defensive backs Natrell Jamerson and Kamrin Moore, running back Boston Scott and offensive lineman Will Clapp.
Third-round wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith out of Central Florida stands as the only unsigned player, but there is little concern he’ll be under contract soon. In the NFL, there’s never really any concern over rookie deals anymore.
Since the 2011 collective bargaining agreement, negotiations with rookie classes have become a piece of cake.
The NFL rookie pool is a portion of the salary cap landscape that often gets overlooked. Over the months following the draft, teams will sign their new rookies to deals that are basically already structured for them. In essence, each year rookies make around $15,000 more per season than the same draft slot in the previous year.
Here’s a look at the Saints’ draft class, what they will cost and how they will impact the 2018 salary cap, with all salary projections courtesy of...