Julie’n Davenport, OT, Bucknell
Finally, we come to my last prospect to keep an eye on in Julie’n Davenport. He is another small school invitee that has a great opportunity to shoot up draft boards. Davenport is a 4-year starter for Bucknell and has made the all-conference team every single season. The last 3 he has been a 1st team selection. When looking at small school players one of the things you look for is did they dominate the level of competition they faced? With Davenport, there is no question he checks this off the list.
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There are a lot of things to like about Davenport. He has the size and weight combination you are looking for in an Offensive Tackle. Scouts have raved about his athleticism and flexibility for a man of his size. Then of course there is the 84” wing span that makes it difficult for defenders to get around him. He has shown aggressiveness in the run game to really drive people off the ball. In the pass game, he does a great job of bending at the knees and keeping his balance.
This will be a big week for Davenport to show that his dominance at a lower level can show up against much tougher opponents. A big flag on his game is that people wonder if he is a bit raw and will need a couple of years to learn the proper technique of the position. In college, he could win with athleticism alone. In the NFL, he won’t have that luxury. If he can show this week that his technique is improved and that he can contribute earlier than some think he could see his draft stock really sky rocket.