By Jay Johnson
San Antonio Texas University defensive end Marcus Davenport is widely viewed as a Day 1-2 pick in next month’s draft and a lot of analysts around the nation seem to believe he could have a bright future in the NFL. When he was asked recently about the players he modeled his game after, Jacksonville Jaguars defensive lineman Calais Campbell was one of the notables he singled out.
UTSA DE Marcus Davenport was asked what NFL player does he model his game after: A: "I always say like three people – Calais Campbell, Von Miller and JJ Watt. But then I always like to look at the Freak, Myles Garrett."
— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) March 4, 2018
At 6-foot-6, 259 pounds, Davenport has a lanky frame similar to that of Campbell. He also is one of the more athletic prospects fans will find in the draft as he was a multi-sport athlete (track, basketball and football) prior to attending UTSA. During his senior season with the Roadrunners, he was able to accumulate a total of 55 tackles (17.5 for loss) and 8.5 sacks.
On film, Davenport shows the aggression and ability to set the edge that fans have grown accustomed to seeing out of Campbell during the 2017 season. He’s also slightly more agile than Campbell, though he isn’t nearly as strong. That said, if he can find the right defensive line coach, Davenport should be in good hands and should definitely be able to mimic the success of the same players he models his game...