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Marcus Davenport NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for New Orleans Saints' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 27, 2018

UTSA defensive back Marcus Davenport (93) tackles Texas A&M quarterback Jake Hubenak during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Sam Craft)
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POSITIVES

—Exceptional height, length and speed (6'6", 264 lbs, 33 ⅝" arms, 4.58 40). His combine numbers compare to those of Jadeveon Clowney.

—Can whip offensive tackles with first-step quickness. Explodes off the ball.

—Is still filling out his frame and learning the game. His best football could be ahead of him.

—Has been a stand-up rusher but has put on the weight to play with his hand down. He has versatile positionally.

—Aggressive, tough defender who might be an athlete but isn't a finesse player.

—Showed marked improvement every day at the Senior Bowl, which points to his ability to tap into potential.

NEGATIVES

—Raw player who has never faced top-tier competition.

—Must continue to add strength.

—Still developing secondary pass-rushing moves.

—Boom-or-bust talent.

                      

OVERALL

Marcus Davenport has rare potential, but that's a scary word for a player who will likely be drafted in the top 15. If he develops his hand usage and keeps getting stronger, he'll be a force for offensive tackles to deal with. If he doesn't, he won't be able to get onto the field.

                   

GRADE: 7.00 (Round 1)

PRO PLAYER COMPARISON: Leonard Floyd, Chicago Bears

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