LEWISBURG, Pa. -- The NFL Scouting Combine gets underway today at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, and it will have a Bucknell flavor this year, as Bison offensive tackle Julie'n Davenport is one of the 300 or so pro prospects in Indy putting his skills on display.
Davenport, a consensus FCS All-American who played in the Senior Bowl last month, is projected to be taken in this year's NFL Draft. In fact, his bio on the NFL Combine page says that he is "the odds-on favorite to be the eighth offensive lineman from outside the FBS in the last ten drafts to be been selected in the top 100 picks."
Prospects attending the combine will be measured in a number of skill areas: the 40-yard dash, bench press, vertical jump, broad jump, 3-cone drill and shuttle run. They will also be interviewed by scouts, coaches and executives, who are trying to get a feel for each prospect's personality.
The NFL Combine runs through Monday, March 6, and much of it will be televised on the NFL Network and NFL.com. Live coverage begins Friday, and that is when the offensive line group (along with running backs and special teams players) take the field for the bulk of their drills.
The NFL Draft takes place from Apr. 27-29. Davenport is trying to become the eighth player from Bucknell to be taken in the draft, and the first since Sam Havrilak was taken by the Baltimore Colts in the eighth round in 1969.
At the Senior Bowl in January, Davenport’s measured wing span of 87.5 inches was the longest of any player participating in the game, and it was one of the longest ever recorded at the event. Davenport also weighed in at 310 pounds, had 36-inch arms and 10.5-inch hands.
One of 13 players to be named All-Patriot League four times, Davenport was a member of the STATS FCS Walter Payton Award Watch List this past fall. He was a three-time First Team All-Patriot League selection after being named to the Second Team as a freshman in 2013.
The only member of Bucknell’s senior class to start all 44 games over the last four years, Davenport was a two-year team captain who was a First Team STATS FCS Preseason All-America selection and was named to the Athlon Sports Preseason FCS All-America Team. He was a Second Team STATS FCS All-American following last season.
This year, Davenport earned All-America honors from STATS, Walter Camp Football Foundation, Associated Press and AFCA.