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Meet the Prospect: Marcus Davenport

Name: Marcus Davenport

Position: Defensive end

School: Texas-San Antonio

Ht/Wt: 6-6, 264

40 dash: 4.58

Bench: 22 reps

Vertical: 33.5 inches

Broad: 124.0 inches

3-cone: 7.2 seconds

20-yard shuttle: 4.41 seconds

How he fits: With the future of Ziggy Ansah after the 2018 season still in question, the Lions could be in the market for a young pass rusher. Ansah is playing this season on a one-year franchise tag.

View photos of NFL prospect Marcus Davenport.

Davenport has ideal length and size to play with his hand in the dirt as a down defensive end in a 4-3. That's where most draft analysts view him, but he was a stand-up rusher in college, and the athleticism he showed off at the combine suggests there's some versatility to his game.

A four-year player at Texas-San Antonio in Conference USA, Davenport recorded 55 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks and three forced fumbles this past season.

Along with Ansah, the Lions currently have Kerry Hyder Jr., Anthony Zettel, Cornelius Washington, Jeremiah Valoaga, Cam Johnson and Alex Barrett at the position.

Lions defensive line coach Bo Davis was Davenport's defensive line coach at UTSA last season.

Key observations: Davenport came to UTSA as a 198-pound defensive end who had played some wide receiver in high school. He's since gained 66 pounds.

Davenport is the UTSA career record-holder for tackles for loss (38.0), sacks (22.0) and quarterback hurries (21)

What they had to say about him: "Davenport is a raw edge rusher with outstanding size, length and explosiveness. He aligned in a two-point stance for UTSA but could easily play with his hand in the ground as a 4-3 defensive end at the next level. As a pass rusher, he has a very quick first step and flashes the power to bull through tight ends and offensive tackles. He doesn't always have a game plan and that will lead to him stalling out if he doesn't win early in the down.

"His ability to bend and wrap around the edge is very impressive for his size. He's a little segmented right now, but once he gets his feet and hands to work together, he will emerge as a double-digit sack artist. In the run game, he dominates tight ends at the point of attack. His effort and speed from the back side is outstanding. Overall, Davenport isn't a finished product, but I'm bullish on his future because of his rare size, athleticism and effort." – Daniel Jeremiah

How he stacks up: Davenport is considered to be the second best defensive end in the class behind NC State's Bradley Chubb by just about anyone who evaluates the draft.

Davenport checks in as the No. 12 overall prospect in Daniel Jeremiah's list of the Top 50 prospect in the draft. He's No. 16 on Scouts Inc.'s and NFL Draft Scout's big boards.   What he had to say: "I see myself just being able to play. Any defense that they need me to be in, I know coach will be able to prepare me and I'll grow into that position?"

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