Tuesday, March 28, 2017

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Julie'n Davenport

Julie'n Davenport, Bucknell
6-7, 318
Davenport was a seriously under recruited prospect out of high school who did not receive a single FBS offer. He started all 44 games for the Bison at LT, and earned All-Patriot League honors all four years, and was named to several All-American teams on the FCS level.
The Good
Excellent arm length, and knows how to use them.
Has mastered hand work, and uses hands and arms effectively.
Athletic and will kick out to meet edge rushers head on.
Can kick out on pulls and screen protect with ease.
High character guy, was team captain for two seasons.
The Bad
Lower level of competition will concern some teams,
Footwork needs some help, plods rather than glides at times.
Will lean or lunge when blocking, causing him to lose some blocks.
Can plant his feet rather than churn them to keep block active.
Does not always move to the next level with ease.
Plays with his pads too high at times.
Final Overview
Davenport is a special kind of project. He has all of the physical traits necessary on this level, but he needs some work on technique, and will need an adjustment period to get used to the level of play, as it is a long jump from the Patriot League to the NFL. He needs work on his feet, and his overall blocking technique, but he is a smart kid, is coachable, and has high character, so he can be molded fairly quickly. I see him as an immediate backup with long term starting potential. He is the requisite diamond in the rough.

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