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Marcus Davenport, DE, Texas-San Antonio

Dave Syvertsen, Ourlads' Senior Draft Analyst
08/10/2018 4:03PM ET

Most of the candidates for top edge rusher in the class have significant warts.  There is no Jadaveon Clowney,  no Myles Garrett, nothing close to that level.  Some lack production, others lack burst, others lack size.  It is a position that is absolutely vital to defensive success in the NFL, thus there will be multiple teams looking to add a piece to their respective depth chart early and often.  While UTSA may not be a household college name, defensive end Marcus Davenport has a combination of tools and an athletic background that scream elite upside.  While the risk may be huge, Davenport offers a level of potential that very few in the entire class present.

What He Does Well:

Has a natural burst out of his stance and when combined with his long strides, his movement alone can be hard to catch up with off the edge.  Top tier length with a frame that will easily handle more bulk.  Plays with a lot of range because of that length and surprising speed.  Chases a lot of ball carriers down from behind.  Finishes his hits with violence and aggression, does a nice job of wrapping up.  Has showed progression with rush moves and can beat a blocker in multiple ways. 

Where He Needs Work:

Needs to spend time in the weight room to add bulk and power to his game.  Doesn’t show enough presence against the straight ahead run game, as his staying power from his legs is minimal.  Inconsistent pass rush presence when it comes to double moves and the skill set of the position.  Tends to be overly reliant on his superior talent and tool set in comparison to who he plays against.  Has a lot of rawness to his game that may take some extra time to develop.