By Zach Kruse
UTSA edge rusher Marcus Davenport has quickly joined Iowa cornerback Josh Jackson as the two most popular mock draft selections for the Green Bay Packers.
Todd McShay’s latest mock draft for ESPN has the Packers taking Davenport at No. 14 overall in the first round.
Recent mocks from ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. and Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller also sent Davenport to the Packers in the first round.
Standing 6-6 with impressive athleticism and enormous potential, Davenport could give the Packers an immediate shot in the arm as a pass-rusher and a potential long-term replacement on the edge for Clay Matthews, who turns 32 in May.
As a senior at UTSA, Davenport produced 8.5 sacks, 17.5 tackles for losses and three forced fumbles. He put himself on the first-round radar with a dominant showing against Texas A&M, tallying 1.5 tackles for losses and a sack against the SEC school.
According to Lance Zierlein’s draft profile on NFL.com, Davenport’s comparison at the next level is Danielle Hunter, the Minnesota Vikings dominant defensive end.
“Right now Davenport is more of a flash player than a consistent menace, but he showed flashes at the Senior Bowl of being able to take a substantial step forward with more time,” Zierlein...