Scouting Report: Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA

By Kelby Goodman

Number: #93 | Hometown: San Antonio, TX | Height: 6060 | Weight: 264 | Arm: 0918 | Hand: 3358 | Forty: 4.58 | Bench: 22 | Vert: 33.5” | Broad: 10-3 | Shuttle: 4.41 | L-Drill: 7.20 | Class: 2018

SCOUTING REPORT

A relatively raw player, blessed with physical traits that make GMs drool, he may have the highest ceiling of all the players in the 2018 NFL Draft class. The freakish pass rusher was dominant in Conference USA, despite not having the technique of a polished pass-rusher. That may be alarming to some but he’ll have other decision-makers in the NFL dreaming about what he can become with some coaching up. He showed the strength to bulldoze tackles, along with the quickness and athleticism to run right around them. He showed off his speed at the combine with his dazzling 4.58 forty-yard dash time, while measuring in at 6-6 and 264 pounds. His foot speed was on display when he peeled off on a wheel right and matched the back step for step. The UTSA product does have the ideal frame for an EDGE rusher; he has experience with his hand in the ground and in a two-point stance. With his combination of strength and arm length, he can bull-rush opponents. He proved to be a backfield disruptor in college and was constantly collapsing the pocket at will. When he develops his pass-rush, there should be no move he cannot incorporate into his arsenal. He is able to gain leverage against the run and holds up well on the outside. As stated he does not show technique on his rushes and most of his stats came from being a man amongst boys. Many times, he was either unblocked, or got by on pure strength and athleticism. There were very few times Davenport used his hands to disengage blockers and too often allowed his opponent to dig in on his frame. His play recognition will need to continue to develop, as he bites hard on fakes and loses containment. Even though he was awarded Conference USA Defensive Player of the year, he was not as consistently dominant as you would like to see in a first-round talent against inferior competition. He may fare better in a more traditional end role, at least early on, so he can focus on his technique and not have to worry about also conquering pass coverage. Still, he has room to bulk up his frame without losing much speed. Considered a boom-or-bust prospect coming from a small school and some glaring traits missing from his game, he projects as a mid-to-late first-round pick.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Senior (2017): Tabbed 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. … member of the Chuck Bednarik Award and Wuerffel Trophy watch lists … Senior CLASS Award candidate … posted 55 tackles and set school records with 17.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks and eight quarterback hurries … also tallied four pass breakups, three forced fumbles and a fumble return for a touchdown … finished his UTSA career as the program’s all-time leader in tackles for loss (38.0), sacks (22.0) and QB hurries (21) … posted a tackle for loss in eight different contests … registered 44 tackles, 14 TFLs, 6.5 sacks and all three of his forced fumbles in league play … named C-USA Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 23 after recording a career-high-tying 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 … posted eight tackles, four tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks for a loss of 24 yards and a forced fumble against North Texas … turned in six stops, 2.5 TFLs and a sack in the 44-14 victory at Texas State … ranked 10th among all Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) players in tackles for loss per game (1.5) and 14th in sacks per contest (0.77) … started all 11 games for a defense that led C-USA in seven different statistical categories and ranked in the top 10 in the FBS in five.

Junior (2016): 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).

Sophomore (2015): 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).

Freshman (2014): 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.

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(Photo: MySanAntonio.com)

Rick Serritella

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