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Would Texas-San Antonio DE Marcus Davenport be a boom or bust for Bucs?

Marcus Davenport

Position: Defensive end

College: University of Texas-San Antonio

Height/weight: 6-6, 264-pounds

Draft projectionj: Rounds 1-2

Why he would make sense for the Bucs: Davenport is a phenomenal athlete who has packed on 30 pounds since his freshman year with room for more. He would give the Bucs the kind of length and power at that position that they haven't had since Simeon Rice. Davenport knows how to set up blockers and does not merely rely on speed. He also does a good job of setting the edge against the run. If N.C. State's Bradley Chubb is gone, Davenport has a lot of the same physical abilities.

Why he would not be a good fit for the Bucs: Davenport did not play against top-level competition in college. It takes him a little runway to get up to full speed. Davenport played more as a stand-up 3-4 outside linebacker in college. His 6.5 sacks and 10 quarterback hurries are not over-the-top production and he's making a big step up in class. Davenport also has a lot of other outside interests and the Bucs were not impressed with his interview.

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Three questions with Davenport

Does not coming from a school in a Power Five conference motivate you?
What motivates me is really when people say the wrong name. They say UTEP. I got to UTSA. But yeah, that's a little bit of motivation. I've always got a chip on my shoulder.

What do you try to get across in interviews with teams?
I guess just my personality. I like to think I'm a calm person with a violent side on the field. Jekyll and Hyde. But you know, I'm just trying to be myself.

What player do you model yourself after?
It's weird. I always say like three people — Calais Campbell, Von Miller and J.J. Watt. But then I always like to look at the Freak, Myles Garrett.

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