Davenport would help keep the Broncos pass rush strong.
One prospect who may interest the Broncos in a potential trade down scenario is former Texas-San Antonio linebacker/defensive end, Marcus Davenport. He is a 6’6”, 264lb edge rusher who is considered one of the best pass rushers in the entire draft. Davenport is ranked as the second-best defensive end in the 2018 NFL Draft according to NFLDraftScout.com and is ranked as the 16th best player in the entire draft.
Marcus Davenport leaves bodies on the mat every game pic.twitter.com/bE5fysAg40— Ben Fennell (@BenFennell_NFL) April 17, 2018
Davenport played four seasons at the University of San Antonio and put up some good numbers. During his four-year career, Davenport totaled 185 tackles, 37.5 tackles for a loss, 21.5 sacks, 8 pass deflections, 2 fumble recoveries, 6 forced fumbles, and 1 defensive touchdown.
His awards and accolades from the 2017 season include being named the 2017 Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year and first-team all-conference, accepted an invitation to play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl on Jan. 27 in Mobile, Ala, a member of the Chuck Bednarik Award and Wuerffel Trophy watch lists, and a Senior CLASS Award candidate.
Marcus Davenport, Senior, UTSA
Height: 6’6” Weight: 264lbs 40 time: 4.58 seconds
Arm Length: 33 5/8” Hands: 9 1/8”
Bench Press: 22 reps Vertical Jump: 33.5 inches Broad Jump: 124.0 inches
3-Cone Drill: 7.2 seconds 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.41 seconds
- Looks the part of an NFL edge rusher
- Tall, well built, with a muscular frame
- Has the arm length you look for in an edge rusher
- A good and fluid athlete who is able to turn speed into power
- Quick first step
- Sets the edge well enough
- Has experience dropping into coverage and looks good in space
- Held his own at the Senior Bowl against high-level talent
- Work ethic was praised by coaches
- High upside player who needs a bit of work
- Played against low-level competition in college
- Lacks pass rushing technique
- Got by with athleticism alone
- Needs to work on pass rush moves
- Just needs to be coached up and turned into a more technically sound pass rusher
- Plays too tall at times
NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah on Davenport who he has ranked as his 12th overall prospect in the draft.
Davenport is a raw edge rusher with outstanding size, length and explosiveness. He aligned in a two-point stance for UTSA but could easily play with his hand in the ground as a 4-3 defensive end at the next level. As a pass rusher, he has a very quick first step and flashes the power to bull through tight ends and offensive tackles. He doesn’t always have a game plan and that will lead to him stalling out if he doesn’t win early in the down. His ability to bend and wrap around the edge is very impressive for his size. He’s a little segmented right now, but once he gets his feet and hands to work together, he will emerge as a double-digit sack artist. In the run game, he dominates tight ends at the point of attack. His effort and speed from the back side is outstanding. Overall, Davenport isn’t a finished product, but I’m bullish on his future because of his rare size, athleticism and effort.
NFL Draft Scout’s Dane Brugler on edge rusher Marcus Davenport from his annual draft guide.
SUMMARY: A three-year starter at UTSA, Davenport started his career as a spindly project, but packed on the pounds without losing his athleticism, developing into the most productive pass rusher in school history. He rushed from both sides of the formation in college and looked most comfortable when standing up on the edges. Davenport’s hoops background is evident with the natural athleticism and balance to create pressure off the edge and force quarterbacks to move their feet. His raw power is clear, but his pad level and pass rush technique are both areas that require development before he will get the best of NFL offensive tackles. Overall, Davenport isn’t a technically proficient pass rusher and requires time to best understand how to use his toolsy skill-set, but he has all the physical traits of a starting NFL pass rusher and his work ethic paired with NFL coaching could lead to big things.
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Does edge rusher Marcus Davenport make sense for the Broncos in the first-round of the 2018 NFL Draft?
If the Broncos trade back I believe he will be under consideration.
One position that Broncos General Manager/President of Football Operations has valued highly throughout his career as GM is the edge rushing position. The Broncos have talent there currently, but former first-rounder Shane Ray has struggled with injuries and Shaq Barrett is entering the final year of his deal so there is a potential need there.
You think you’re coming to college to be our flashy new RB... Didn’t read the whole job description!— Ben Fennell (@BenFennell_NFL) April 17, 2018
Tough assignment vs Marcus Davenport... pic.twitter.com/CJXnPt7Oed
Davenport is far from being ready to be a starter, but pairing with him Von Miller and the Broncos defensive staff and I believe they could help Davenport reach his full potential. He could serve as a reserve pass rusher early on and potentially step in as a full-time starter in 2019.
He is not worth the 5th overall pick but if the Broncos trade back with say, the Buffalo Bills, and acquire two first-rounders, I could see them having interest in him with the second first-round pick. While the offense is a big need, I could see the Broncos continuing to focus on the defensive side of the ball in the draft, and Davenport would be a nice addition to their unit.