While ESPN’s pair of draft analysts have been all over a certain player for the Green Bay Packers at 14 in their early mock drafts, SB Nation’s Dan Kadar has often gone in a different direction.
Kadar has projected a number of different players to the Packers with the 14th pick, often going with linebacker/edge rusher Tremaine Edmunds out of Virginia Tech. However, this week’s mock draft features the name that just seems to keep coming up over and over again: UTSA pass-rusher Marcus Davenport.
The last time Kadar projected Davenport to Green Bay was in a mock that saw him imagine the Packers trading back with the Buffalo Bills, picking up the 21st and 22nd selections in the 2018 draft. In that mock, he paired Davenport with Iowa cornerback Joshua Jackson in a dream scenario for Green Bay fans.
This week, however, Kadar has Davenport picked at 14 overall, with Jackson and Edmunds both having come off the board in the top ten. Joining them was Boston College pass-rusher Harold Landry, who he projected to go seventh to the Buccaneers.
Here’s Kadar’s discussion of the Davenport pick:
The preference here might be Landry, but Davenport could also test really well at the combine and cement himself as a top 15 pick. The Packers badly need another pass rusher this offseason, and Davenport is at his best when he can stand up at the line and rush on the outside.
Davenport has physical tools and size that would surely excite Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. The new coordinator’s multiple fronts would likely fit Davenport to a T, as he could slide easily into the “rush” linebacker spot and attack the quarterback out of either a two- or three-point stance.
This draft, however, sees a poor scenario take place for the Packers, with just two quarterbacks coming off the board ahead of them. In reality, the likelihood is that some team or teams move up ahead of them at 14 to draft a quarterback, which would help ensure that more quality defensive players drop to the middle of round one. The more that happens, the better the position Brian Gutekunst will be in, with the ability to choose from a wider pool of top prospects.
Stay tuned for more mocks from Kadar as the Scouting Combine goes along to see how the board shifts.