The Lions are in a good position with this pick. They have a lot of options available to fill their needs, but it seems probably that they will focus on adding a player that could help to improve Matt Patricia’s defensive unit.
Marcus Davenport would qualify as such. Davenport will be getting consideration as high as the No. 10 overall pick, and he had a highly productive career at UTSA. In the past two seasons, Davenport totaled 122 tackles with 15 sacks and 27.5 tackles for loss. Despite getting a lot of attention as the top player on the Roadrunners defense, Davenport was able to use his athletic ability to beat his opponents and wreak havoc in the backfield.
Davenport has a 6-foot-7 frame and superb length and athleticism that will allow him to get around offensive tackles in the NFL. He is quick off the snap as well, and that will afford him an opportunity for success as well.
With the Lions, Davenport would be a great fit as an end in their 4-3 alignment and he would play across from Ezekiel Ansah. That would be a welcome addition to the Lions, who greatly missed the injured Kerry Hyder for most of the 2017 season. Davenport would push Hyder into a rotational role, but it would make the team three-deep in terms of pass rushers. That will be necessary if they want to compete.
Davenport just seems like a good fit with the Lions. He has the athletic ability to play well across from Ansah and he could be a double-digit sack threat if he develops quickly. So, he is the pick at this juncture for now.