Mapping Potential Landing Spots for Marcus Davenport

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After all off-season workouts and the NFL combine wrapping up, former UTSA defensive lineman Marcus Davenport’s draft stock has been shooting upwards.

At 6-foot-7 and 255 pounds, the San Antonio Stevens High School graduate has emerged on many different NFL team’s draft boards.

He didn’t receive this much attention out of college when his UTSA squad went 6-5 this past season.

It was his impressive stats that made him an eye-catching pass rusher at first, which later translated to impressive off-season workouts and showcases.

During his senior season, Davenport finished with 55 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks and three forced fumbles.

Now just three weeks away from the 2018 NFL Draft, Davenport continues to grow his stock, and some draft experts even believe he could be a first round option.

Below are some potential landing spots for Davenport and why he would fit in:

Washington Redskins

1st round, 13th overall

It’s no secret that the Washington Redskins are in dire need of a beefy man up front defensively. Saying Davenport goes as early as No. 13 overall is a stretch, but he shows some caliber that could help the Redskins defensive line immensely.

However, the Redskins might just play it safe in the first round and pick up a corner back, especially after losing Kendall Fuller to Kansas City.

Green Bay Packers

1st round, 14th overall

Ever since his superb senior bowl outing, Davenport seemed like the best fit for this Green Bay squad that needs some pass rush help for Clay Matthews and Nick Perry.

Similarly to the Redskins, the Packers will have to fill the void at corner after losing Damarious Randall, but the talent Davenport possesses could be worth it to get at No. 14.

Dallas Cowboys

1st, 19th overall

There’s nothing more Dallas would want than getting a strong pass rusher in the first round like Davenport. But are their other needs just too high in demand for the Cowboys?

Even with the addition of Allen Hurns, the Cowboys still need some depth at receiver. They also need to add some staff to their linebackers and offensive line units.

Nonetheless, adding a pass rusher in this day of football should be a priority for the Cowboys, so don’t be surprised if Davenport stays in Texas with this pick.

Tennessee Titans

1st round, 25th overall

The Titans have a big priority this off-season to find consistent pass rushers in their defensive unit. Last season, they drafted receiver Corey Davis in the first round, but if a wideout is available this first round, don’t be surprised if Tennessee went “wants” over “needs” with a pick for a new target.

Davenport would be a big addition to this defense, but even a need at the offensive line spot makes Tennessee a toss-up for Davenport.

New York Giants

2nd round, 34th overall

If the Giants get a quarterback within the first three picks of the draft, there will be a dire need to fill in all the gaps they have in other positions. They need a pass rusher, a lineman, a running back and even some depth at big positions.

With the second pick in the second round, the Giants are going to pick up the best talent available on the board. If it be Davenport, then they will love to have him rush quarterbacks in New York.

Indianapolis Colts 

2nd round, 36th overall

The Colts are starving for a pass rusher in their system, and they want NC State’s Bradley Chubb really badly at the No. 6 pick in the first round. But in the case that they end up taking a lineman or a linebacker early in the first, Davenport might be the next best thing for the Colts.

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