Davenport grew up on the hardcourt, spending most of his time on his first love of basketball. But the football coaches at Stevens High School saw unbridled potential for him on the football field, convincing Davenport to join the team as a wide receiver. Davenport eventually moved to pass rusher and while he still impressed on the basketball court (district player of the year as a senior), it became clear his future would be on grass.
Tipping the scales at only 200 pounds when he arrived at UT-San Antonio, Davenport was an ideal candidate for a redshirt year, but he was needed on the field, showing steady improvement each of the past four seasons. Davenport finished strong with 17.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks in 2017 to earn Conference-USA Defensive Player of the Year honors.
If you drew up an example of what an NFL defensive end looks like, the picture would look something like Davenport with his filled-out, long frame. He uses those long arms and his upper-body strength to force his way through blocks, converting his initial momentum to power. Davenport is still patching together his pass rush sequence, but his aggressiveness at the point of attack is enough to overwhelm blockers, leading to holding calls.
Even more impressive than Davenport's strength is his athleticism, especially for his size. While muscle bound, he isn't tightly-wound, displaying the loose body control needed in an edge rusher. With his hoops background, Davenport looks comfortable on his feet and is at his best rushing from a two-point stance. While he isn't the most technically refined pass rusher (yet), Davenport has all the tools NFL teams covet at the position, making him worthy of top 15 overall consideration.
--Field Level Media