Without question, and the Buccaneers found this out the hard way in 2017, if you don’t have pass rush off the ends, you are in dire straights on Sundays in the NFL.
So, the Bucs, who are picking seventh overall, were dead last in the league in sacks with a paltry 22 last year are in the market for young pass rush help. And, there are several other teams in the top 15 in the upcoming NFL Draft, who are very interested in the evaluations at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, AL this week.
So, our brothers from FanRag Sports affiliate site, NDT Scouting, are on scene at the Senior Bowl practices, and here is a brief look at some analysis on the defensive ends and edge rush linebackers they’ve seen work for the first two days:
QBs are the main focus this year, but what about the EDGE? It's a thinner group, but a few are shining. Just not the ones you might expect.https://t.co/4ZzSLbbzzj
— Kyle Crabbs (@NDTScouting) January 25, 2018
We are particularly, interested in the evaluation of Marcus Davenport, who is from a “non Power Five” school in UT-San Antonio. Davenport had 8 1/2 sacks and 17 1/2 other tackles for loss playing for the Road Runners in Conference USA a year ago.
And, there had been buzz about seeing what he would look like this week against better blocking competition in the workouts and then, the game Saturday.
In fact, Daniel Jeremiah, draft analyst for the NFL Network, had the Bucs actually taking Davenport with the seventh overall pick in his first mock draft of the off season released last Friday.
But, as Crabbs wrote in their item, he’s failed to impress even in the slightest, so far this week. And while that ‘s not the end of his evaluation, it’s certainly telling, when you read, “Davenport, who failed to win a single pass rush rep against Brandon Parker and Alex Cappa. Davenport scored a stop during the team drill against an inside run, but that’s about the only thing he’s had cooking through two days.”
Again, there will be further individual workouts, NFL Combine, etc. for teams like the Bucs to look at the defensive ends like Davenport and the others who are in Mobile, too.
But for now, Davenport is apparently not one on the radar for early in the first round or maybe, not a first rounder at all.
That’s why these processes are important.
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