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Name: Marcus Davenport 
College: Texas-San Antonio     Number: 93
Height: 6-6   Weight: 259
Position: DE  Pos2:   Class/Draft Year: Sr/2018
40 Low: 4.67
  40 Time: 4.77
   40 High: 4.87

Projected Round: 1      Stock: 
Rated number 2 out of 163 DE's     21 / 2381 TOTAL
Combine Invite: Yes
Height: 6057
Weight: 259

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Weight: 259

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 Data Scout Notes: **2017: DPOYC/1stC...2016: 2ndC...2015: HMC
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  01/27/18 - DE Marcus Davenport provided some of the Senior Bowl's biggest plays -- a first quarter sack of Baker Mayfield and a scoop and score touchdown off a fumble return -- as perhaps no player endured more media exaggeration over the past week than the reigning Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year. Between his impressive statistics and prototypical 6-foot-6, 259-pound frame, Davenport competed with only Mayfield in terms of hype this week, generating top-10 talk by some.

Still quite raw from a technical standpoint, Davenport was unable to deliver on these lofty (and frankly, premature) expectations in the week of practice. However, he showed the combination of upfield burst and length which have scouts so intrigued on the sack, using all of his 34-inch arms to get Pittsburgh Brian O'Neill staggering backward before sliding off to swallow up the Heisman Trophy winner. Davenport contributed to two turnovers as well, providing the outside rush (this time off the right side) to force an errant throw by Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee that was intercepted and showing impressive athleticism for a man of his size, picking the ball up and accelerating in one smooth motion on his 25-yard fumble recovery and run for a touchdown.

01/24/18 - Senior Bowl Wednesday: Davenport acknowledged as much on his own Twitter account following Tuesday's practice, writing, "Got to improve, the Oline got the best of me today." Wednesday was not much better. To be fair, Davenport is a former basketball player still learning the subtleties of the position. Further, the natural defensive end has not been aided by the fact that the Houston Texans -- which predominately run a 3-4 scheme -- are asking him to rush out of a stand-up stance. The burst, bend and 34-inch arms that helped Davenport succeed against Conference USA opponents have been absorbed this week, with Davenport showing limited hand technique or a counter move. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/24/18 - Senior Bowl Wednesday: One of the oldest (and catchiest) cliches in scouting -- the eye in the sky don't lie -- has not been kind to two of the highest rated prospects for the South Team thus far at the Senior Bowl. Projected first-round defensive end Marcus Davenport and the nation's leading rusher, Rashaad Penny, have thus far failed to deliver on lofty expectations. Few players invited to this year's all-star game look better "on the hoof" than the physically imposing 6-foot-6, 259-pound Davenport, who earned Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year honors at Texas-San Antonio after setting school records with 17.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. Over the first two days of practice, however, it has been the blockers assigned to stop him -- including fellow small-schoolers Alex Cappa (Humboldt State) and Brandon Parker (North Carolina A&T) -- who have provided splashier performances. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/23/18 - Senior Bowl Tuesday: Marcus Davenport, who could be the highest drafted player in attendance this week, had an uneven first practice and his lack of seasoning was front and center on several reps. His natural gifts are clear, but so is his rush plan as he struggled to set up blockers with an efficient move-to-move transition. Davenport's progress (from a technical and mental perspective) throughout the week will be one of the most important storylines at this year's Senior Bowl. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com


 Overview

  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.

Davenport rushed from both sides of the formation in college and looked most comfortable when standing up on the edges. His hoops background is evident with his natural athleticism and balance to create pressure off the edge and force quarterbacks to move their feet. Davenport’s 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.

BACKGROUND
Davenport grew up focusing on basketball before he was lured to the football field in high school as a wide receiver. He developed into an All-District pass rusher at Stevens while also earning district defensive player of the year honors in basketball and area qualifier in the 1,600-meter relay.

Davenport spent his true freshman season as a reserve and recorded 14 tackles and 3.0 sacks. He became a sophomore starter and earned Honorable Mention All-CUSA honors with 49 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks. Davenport started 12 of 13 games as a junior and led the team with 6.5 sacks, adding 68 tackles and 10.0 tackles for loss to earn Second Team All-CUSA honors. He had his most productive season as a senior and was named CUSA Defensive Player of the Year with 55 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks and three forced fumbles to earn First Team All-CUSA honors.


 Analysis

  Physically impressive with a developed, muscular frame. Excellent arm length and wingspan. Coordinated athlete with nimble feet and upfield acceleration. Loose-hipped and flexible mover. Converts speed to power with his initial quickness, forward lean and physical attitude. Uses first step momentum to power through gaps. Looks to incorporate rip moves. Detaches from blockers using his long levers, creating holding calls on the offense. Experienced dropping and covering space. Improved edge setter to contain vs. the run. Arrives at the ballcarrier with purpose and finishing strength. Added 60-pounds of good weight and developed his body over the last four years. Fully invested in football with excellent work habits. Goal-oriented mentality and took 18 credit hours during the Fall 2017 semester to graduate (Dec. 2017) ahead of schedule. Production climbed each season, leaving UTSA with the program records for sacks (22.0) and tackles for loss (38.0). – Dane Brugler 1/29/2018

WEAKNESSES
Plays tall and moves tall, causing his pass rush to stall. Relies more on his lower body than upper body to beat blockers. Immature hand usage and doesn’t display a cohesive rush plan. Predictable swim and spin moves. Undeveloped counter measures and overthinks instead of reacting. Power mentality and would benefit with added finesse to his rush moves. Needs to do a better job breaking down in space to finish ballcarriers. Fooled by misdirection and needs to sharpen his ball awareness. Would like to see more of a nasty mindset. – Dane Brugler 1/29/2018

COMPARES TO
Ziggy Ansah, Detroit Lions – With his impressive physical traits and meager football experience before college, Ansah was a similar prospect as Davenport when he went through the draft process due to the impressive athleticism, but raw tools.

IN OUR VIEW
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.


 2017 Season

  Davenport posted 55 tackles and set school records with 17.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks and eight quarterback hurries this season. A member of the Chuck Bednarik Award and Wuerffel Trophy watch lists and a Senior CLASS Award candidate, he also tallied four pass breakups, three forced fumbles and a fumble return for a touchdown. He posted a tackle for loss in eight different contests and he registered 44 tackles, 14 TFLs, 6.5 sacks and all three of his forced fumbles in league play. The 6-7 defensive end was named C-USA Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 23 after recording 11 stops, 3.5 TFLs and a pair of sacks and returning a fumble 34 yards for a TD in the 20-7 win against Rice. Davenport posted eight tackles, four tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks for a loss of 24 yards and a forced fumble against North Texas and he turned in six stops, 2.5 TFLs and a sack in the 44-14 victory at Texas State.

Davenport started all 11 contests for a defense that leads C-USA in five different statistical categories. UTSA allowed just 287.8 total yards, 160.1 passing yards and 17 points per game, marks that rank seventh, third and eighth, respectively, in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). Additionally, the San Antonio Stevens High School product ranks 10th in the FBS in tackles for loss per game (1.5) and 13th nationally in sacks per contest (0.77).


 2016 Season

  Named second-team All-Conference USA … played in all 13 games (12 starts) … led the squad’s defensive linemen with 68 tackles (31 solos/37 assists), including 10 for loss, and also had team-leading marks of 6.5 sacks and a program-record eight QB hurries … finished the season strong by posting 38 stops, seven TFLs and 4.5 sacks in the final six outings… racked up a career-high 11 tackles at #22 Texas A&M (Nov. 19) and also added 1.5 TFLs, one sack and a fumble recovery against the Aggies … had seven stops, including two sacks, at Louisiana Tech (Nov. 12) and also recorded a pair of sacks in the season opener against Alabama State (Sept. 3).

 2015 Season

  Earned honorable mention All-Conference USA accolades … started 11 contests but missed the Colorado State (Sept. 26) tilt due to injury … recorded 49 tackles (30 solos/19 assists) … ranked second on the team with 7.5 TFLs and four sacks … also racked up four QB hurries, three pass breakups and a pair of forced fumbles … had a career day against Rice (Nov. 21) with 10 stops, three TFLs and two sacks … posted six stops and a sack at Charlotte (Nov. 14) and added five tackles and one sack in the season opener against #22 Arizona (Sept. 3) … also accumulated five tackles, including 1.5 behind the line of scrimmage, against Louisiana Tech (Oct. 10).

 2014 Season

  Saw action in the opening 11 games of the campaign but missed the season finale against North Texas (Nov. 29) due to injury … registered 14 tackles, three of which went for loss as sacks … top outing came at Rice (Oct. 8) when he racked up a career-high six stops, including a sack … opened his career at Houston (Aug. 29) with a pair of tackles and a sack … added another sack at Florida Atlantic (Sept. 27).

 High School

  A first-team All-District 27-5A performer who recorded 73 tackles, including 10 for loss, six sacks and a half dozen pass breakups as a senior … earned second-team all-district honors as a junior after racking up 42 stops … coached by Darryl Hemphill … also an area qualifier in the 1,600m relay and shot put along with playing for the basketball team.

 Personal

  Born Sept. 4, 1996 … son of Ronnetta and Ron Davenport … multidisciplinary studies major.

 
 Draft Scout Player News
01/27/18 - DE Marcus Davenport provided some of the Senior Bowl's biggest plays -- a first quarter sack of Baker Mayfield and a scoop and score touchdown off a fumble return -- as perhaps no player endured more media exaggeration over the past week than the reigning Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year. Between his impressive statistics and prototypical 6-foot-6, 259-pound frame, Davenport competed with only Mayfield in terms of hype this week, generating top-10 talk by some. Still quite raw from a technical standpoint, Davenport was unable to deliver on these lofty (and frankly, premature) expectations in the week of practice. However, he showed the combination of upfield burst and length which have scouts so intrigued on the sack, using all of his 34-inch arms to get Pittsburgh Brian O'Neill staggering backward before sliding off to swallow up the Heisman Trophy winner. Davenport contributed to two turnovers as well, providing the outside rush (this time off the right side) to force an errant throw by Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee that was intercepted and showing impressive athleticism for a man of his size, picking the ball up and accelerating in one smooth motion on his 25-yard fumble recovery and run for a touchdown.
01/25/18 - Marcus Davenport didn't arrive at UTSA as a bigtime prospect, or even a particularly big one. Then a slender 198-pound defensive end who had played some wide receiver in high school, Davenport has since gained 60 pounds and considerable interest from NFL teams. The 6-foot-6, 259-pounder is one of the top NFL prospects at the Senior Bowl this week, rated as a potential first-rounder and maybe even a Top 10 pick. "It wasn't so long ago that this wasn't even a thought or on my radar," Davenport said. He has definitely been on NFL teams' radar. Davenport, who says he first realized NFL scouts were interested in him late in his junior season, was rated as the 10th-best prospect for the April draft by NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah.

The Conference USA defensive player of the year made his biggest weight gain before his senior season with a simple strategy: "See food, eat food." As a player, his biggest strength has been see quarterback, get quarterback. Davenport set school records with 17.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks as a senior. He also returned a fumble for a touchdown and forced three. But outside of NFL circles and C-USA, Davenport wasn't a big name. "He's probably the player in this game that is not well known but by the time we get to Saturday, he's going to be the talk of the game, perhaps," Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage predicted early in the week. Davenport seems bemused by some of the attention, or at least the questions asked by reporters and NFL team officials alike. - AP College Football

01/24/18 - Senior Bowl Wednesday: Davenport acknowledged as much on his own Twitter account following Tuesday's practice, writing, "Got to improve, the Oline got the best of me today." Wednesday was not much better. To be fair, Davenport is a former basketball player still learning the subtleties of the position. Further, the natural defensive end has not been aided by the fact that the Houston Texans -- which predominately run a 3-4 scheme -- are asking him to rush out of a stand-up stance. The burst, bend and 34-inch arms that helped Davenport succeed against Conference USA opponents have been absorbed this week, with Davenport showing limited hand technique or a counter move. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/24/18 - Senior Bowl Wednesday: One of the oldest (and catchiest) cliches in scouting -- the eye in the sky don't lie -- has not been kind to two of the highest rated prospects for the South Team thus far at the Senior Bowl. Projected first-round defensive end Marcus Davenport and the nation's leading rusher, Rashaad Penny, have thus far failed to deliver on lofty expectations. Few players invited to this year's all-star game look better "on the hoof" than the physically imposing 6-foot-6, 259-pound Davenport, who earned Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year honors at Texas-San Antonio after setting school records with 17.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. Over the first two days of practice, however, it has been the blockers assigned to stop him -- including fellow small-schoolers Alex Cappa (Humboldt State) and Brandon Parker (North Carolina A&T) -- who have provided splashier performances. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/23/18 - Senior Bowl Tuesday: Marcus Davenport, who could be the highest drafted player in attendance this week, had an uneven first practice and his lack of seasoning was front and center on several reps. His natural gifts are clear, but so is his rush plan as he struggled to set up blockers with an efficient move-to-move transition. Davenport's progress (from a technical and mental perspective) throughout the week will be one of the most important storylines at this year's Senior Bowl. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

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