2017 NFL Draft Scouting Report
Prospect:  Julie'n Davenport


   

School:          Bucknell
Ht:  6'7"       Wt:  304
Eligibility:      SR
Uniform:       #70
Position:      OT










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Julie'n Davenport, hailing from the FCS ranks, has had a remarkable career. Starting at left tackle since his freshman year, Davenport finished his time at Bucknell as a 3-time First Team All-Patriots League and started every game of his tenure.


From a physical standpoint, Davenport is a dream player. He has great size (6'7", 318) and measured in at the Combine with insane 36.5 inch arms and 10.5 inch hands. His body measurements are ideal for a tackle at the NFL level. Athletically, he has some quickness, evidenced by his ability drill numbers (7.57 3-cone drill). He's able to slide and handle edge rushers trying to get outside and can keep power rushers from collapsing the pocket. His effectiveness comes from his hand placement. He does a good job placing his hands inside the opponent's chest. From there, he can use his length and upper body strength to control defenders.

For all the positives, he's still a very raw talent. His technique, despite being a four year starter, is rough. His footwork is still a work in progress. He doesn't have a great kick-slide, which doesn't allow him to get the leverage he needs to set edge against speed rushers. He plays high and lets defenders get under his pads. To counteract, he resorts to "waist-bending", which leads to his losing his balance when they're inside his body. Nobody gets by him, but he doesn't overpower his opponent.


This is the story of the tape. He doesn't lose matchups, but he doesn't win them either. Obviously, he's getting the job done, which is great, but he's not dominating at the FCS level. What's going to happen when he makes the jump to the NFL?

At the end of the day, Davenport is going to get drafted. All of his positive traits are things you can't teach (Arm length, size, agility). All of the things he struggles with can be fixed with proper coaching. But how high will he get drafted? Based on how developed he SHOULD be (as a four year starter), there will be questions about why he's still so raw. He'll likely hear his name called on Day 3.

NFL Comparison: Matt McCants (Chicago Bears)

Strengths
- Measurables
- Strength
- Hand placement

Weaknesses
- Raw technique, especially his footwork
- Waist-bender
- Doesn't overwhelmingly dominate, especially at a lower level of competition


Ryan Wittman
RWMocks@Gmail.com
March 10, 2017

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Articles/Links
1)   Bucknell's Julien Davenport a big man from a small school with sights set on the NFL   - Arizona Daily Sun
2)   Q&A with NFL prospect Julie'n Davenport   - Cincy Jungle
3)   Bucknell LT Julie'n Davenport patterned his game after Jason Peters    - Eagles Wire/USA Today
4)   Bucknell's Julie'n Davenport on Becoming a Bison, Senior Bowl, Law School Fallback & Cousin MKG
5)   Julie'n Davenport Twitter











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