Would you take Marcus Davenport or Harold Landry at overall?
Today’s Draft Spotlight is on UTSA DE Marcus Davenport and Boston College DE Harold Landry. Davenport measured in at the Combine at 6’5 and a half, 264 pounds, with 33 5/8” arms. He played as a stand-up rusher, but has put on the pounds to be a hand-in-the-ground edge guy in the NFL. He is still limited in overall experience, but has shown serious potential. This past season, he had 8.5 sacks and 17.5 tackles for a loss, to go along with four pass deflections.
Edge rusher is a huge position of need for the 49ers. They tried converting Arik Armstead to the role last year, and added Jerry Attaochu this offseason. They’ve got some options, but the No. 9 pick stands out as a strong opportunity to bolster the unit.
Landry is an intriguing prospect with a ton of upside. He put together a monster 2016 season, finishing with 16.5 sacks and 20 tackles for a loss. However, an ankle injury cut short his final season, and he finished with only 5.0 sacks and 8.5 tackles for a loss in eight games.
Landry stands 6’3, 252 pounds, so size and strength are not exactly big for him. Former defensive lineman Stephen White broke down Landry’s film, and he sees a guy who relied heavily on his speed. White says Landry needs to work on using his hands better, and there was some loafing in his play where he picked his moments.
But there is a lot of talent there. And the 49ers need more talent at edge rusher. He would step right in and take on at least a passing down edge rusher role right out of the gate.
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