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NFL Draft 2015: Fresno State DT Tyeler Davison Headed to New Orleans

The star lineman was a bit of a surprise as the first selection from a talented Fresno State squad, but he goes to the Big Easy to help shore up a defense in need.

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With the 154th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints selected Fresno State Bulldogs defensive tackle Tyeler Davison. Davison is 6'2" and 316 pounds, and he was rated as both the 17th-best player at his position and the 141st-best player overall, according to Mocking The Draft.

Davison proved to be a bright spot on an otherwise moribund Fresno State defense in 2014, leading the team with eight sacks. He also racked up 12 tackles for loss, which was second-best on the team. He spent time at both defensive end and at nose tackle in Tim DeRuyter's 3-4 unit, though as in years past he proved more effective the closer he was to the point of attack on the interior.

Scouts have shown concern about his ability to hang with top-level competition, given that he was mostly a non-factor in 2013's lopsided Las Vegas Bowl loss and the brutal non-conference schedule the Bulldogs wilted against early in 2014. However, Davison has also received praise for his durability in the trenches, and as Lance Zierlein of notes, he "loves hand-to-hand combat inside...[and uses] length to overcome lack of height."

Simply put, he goes to another team in need of reinforcements. The Saints have thus far invested heavily in revamping a defense that finished 31st in total yards allowed per game last year. He joins Washington's Hau'oli Kikaha and Davis Tull of Tennesee-Chattanooga in competing for roles along Rob Ryan's defensive line.