Could this big Offensive Tackle prospect be the Broncos answer at left tackle?
According to the Denver Post's Nick Jhabvala, the Denver Broncos have genuine interest in Bucknell offensive tackle prospect Julie'n Davenport.
Hearing the Broncos have genuine interest in Bucknell tackle Julie'n Davenport.— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) March 29, 2017
Davenport is a big man. He is listed at 6'7", 318lbs has 36 1/2" arms and 10 1/2" hands. So he has the prototypical size and physical traits that teams look for in an offensive tackle.
The Broncos who have a serious need at the offensive tackle position met with Davenport at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine back in the beginning of March. So they have had some interest in Davenport for some time it appears.
Davenport told Predominately Orange's Sayre Bedinger that he had a formal interview with the Broncos during the NFL Scouting Combine and that he believes the team really likes him.
"They were one of my five formal interviews at the Combine," Davenport said. "I sat down with the head coach (Vance Joseph), a whole bunch of other coaches, and the GM (John Elway) all in the room. We had a real good interview. I think they really like me. They have some interest, it’s definitely there…You never know how things are going to pan out once draft day comes around."
Davenport is a very raw prospect who played against lesser talent at Bucknell but has the size, length and physical tools to become an eventual NFL starter down the road.
If we are on the subject of 2nd or 3rd day OL...— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) March 29, 2017
Bucknell's Julie'n Davenport will be selected earlier than many expect. Round 3 possible
Davenport has been considered a day three selection but because of his potential and his size/physical tools he might end up going earlier than some have assumed. If the Broncos want him they would likely have to take him with their first third-round pick, but even then he might already be off the board.
The issue with Davenport is that he will not be an immediate option for the Broncos at the left tackle position. He will need a year or two of development before becoming a hopeful starter in this league.
I like his potential, size/length, and physical tools but will need to hit the weight room some and work on his technique before becoming an NFL starter. He'll be a nice long term project at left tackle for the Broncos but not an immediate starter for the team.
What do you think Mile High Report? Do you think a project like Davenport is the way the Broncos should go in the draft, or do you think they should take a chance on a higher rated tackle?