While the Washington Redskins will return pass rushers Ryan Kerrigan, a three-time Pro Bowler, and Preston Smith, the team currently heads into free agency with Junior Galette and Trent Murphy both set to become unrestricted free agents.
Depending on where both veterans will end up, the Redskins could look for pass rushing help in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft in the form of Texas-San Antonio’s Marcus Davenport to team up with Kerrigan and Smith along with young defensive lineman Jonathan Allen and Anthony Lanier II.
In his latest mock draft, MMQB’s Albert Breer has Davenport going to the Redskins with the No. 13-overall pick, although he notes that he could ultimately go before Washington is on the clock.
“So I really wanted to put Davenport higher than this—and believe he’ll go before 13,” Breer writes. “Just watch. The converted receiver from a mid-major school will put on a show in Indianapolis.”
In four seasons with the Roadrunners, Davenport appeared in 46 games to record 186 tackles (38 for loss) along with 22 sacks, eight passes defensed, six fumbles forced and two fumbles recovered. He is the school’s career record holder in both tackles for loss and sacks along with quarterback hurries (21).
During his senior season in 2017, the 6-foot-6, 255 pounder was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year along with being selected as a first-team all-conference member Davenport tallied 55 tackles along with 8.5 sacks.
Davenport opened the season by recording a pair of sacks against Alabama State. While he was held without a sack in his next six contests, Davenport returned to form late in the season as he registered 4.5 sacks in a four-week span starting in late October and extending into November.
Against Texas A&M in a late November matchup, Davenport recorded a personal-best 11 tackles along with a sack.
As a junior in 2016, Davenport was named a second-team All-Conference USA selection, as he led the school’s defensive linemen in tackles (68) along with 6.5 sacks.
In his first two seasons at Texas-San Antonio, Davenport combined for 63 tackles (10.5 for loss) along with seven sacks.