Marcus Davenport

Texas-San Antonio
DE

Prospect Info

College
Texas-San Antonio
Hometown
Class
San Antonio, TX
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 6"
264 lbs
33 5/8”
Hands
9 1/8”

Prospect Grade

5.99
Chance to Become NFL Starter
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2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
New Orleans
Saints
Round 1 ‧ Pick 14
40 Yard Dash
4.58
Seconds
 
Bench Press
22
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
33.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
124.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.2
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.41
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 
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A hometown performer, Davenport was a three-sport athlete at San Antonio's Stevens High School (football, basketball, sprinter for track and field). The tall and long-limbed edge defender got stronger throughout his career at UTSA. He played in the first 11 games of his true freshman season with the Roadrunners (missed the finale due to injury), collecting 14 tackles, three of which were sacks. Davenport was voted an honorable mention all-conference performer in 2015, starting 11 games, posting 49 tackles, 7.5 for loss, four sacks, three pass break-ups, and two forced fumbles on the year. Listed as a defensive end, Davenport made plays as a stand-up rusher in his junior season, starting 12 of 13 games played, making 68 tackles, 10 for loss, and a team-best 6.5 sacks and eight quarterback hurries. His 11 tackles, 1.5 for loss and a sack against Texas A&M in 2016 put him on the national radar.
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NFL Analyst
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Overview
Davenport packed on 30 pounds from his sophomore to senior season and has the frame to continue getting bigger and stronger. While he's been a stand-up rusher at UTSA, teams may see him as a 4-3 defensive end. Right now Davenport is more of a flash player than a consistent menace, but he showed flashes at the Senior Bowl of being able to take a substantial step forward with more time.
Strengths
  • Long-levered with a frame proven to add weight
  • Has good quickness in lateral slides down the line of scrimmage to close out running lanes
  • Aggressive demeanor as a hitter
  • Will unload with force from his hips and Wrap up carriers
  • Drives through the target
  • Plays with fluid directional change to alter his path to the ball when getting downhill
  • Uses length to work to the edge of pass rushers
  • Has tools and traits to get much better as a pass rusher with more hand work and coaching
  • Will flash translatable speed-to-power potential that can be high-end
  • Can throw combos with his hands to disorient offensive tackles
  • Able to set a good edge when he gets arm extension
  • Will likely be too much for tight ends to handle when as he continues to improve
Weaknesses
  • Plays with elevated pad level
  • Slow to gather weight and change directions when tackling in open space
  • Has delayed acceleration in his pursuit and is unable to consistently close out runs to the perimeter
  • Needs a runway to get to top speed
  • Allows blockers into his frame more than he should
  • Needs to learn to slip contact rather than taking everything on
  • Instincts are below average and he's slow to find the ball on play-action
  • Needs to do a better job of getting hands and feet working in unison
  • Tight-hipped as a rusher and more straight-linish than an edge trimmer
  • Could struggle to cover if asked to drop into space

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league