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Draft Scout Marcus Davenport 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