LEWISBURG, Pa. -- After months of preparations for the NFL Draft, Bucknell's Julie'n Davenport finally knows where he will begin his professional football career. The All-America left tackle was selected by the Houston Texans in the fourth round (130th overall) on Saturday. The selection was announced from Space Center Houston by retired NASA astronaut Scott Kelly.
Davenport is the seventh Bucknell alumnus to be taken in the NFL Draft, and the first since Sam Havrilak was taken in the eighth round by the Baltimore Colts in 1969. He is Bucknell's second-highest selection, behind only George Kiick, who went to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the third round of the 1940 draft.
When Davenport suits up for his first game, he would become the 43rd Bucknell alum to play in an NFL contest. The last was Sean Conover, who played with the Tennessee Titans in 2006 and 2007.
A four-time All-Patriot League selection and a two-year team captain, Davenport started all 44 games at left tackle in his Bucknell career. This past year, Davenport earned All-America honors from STATS, Walter Camp Football Foundation, Associated Press and AFCA.
He joins a Texans team coming off a 9-7 season and a first-round playoff win over the Oakland Raiders. Houston lost to the eventual Super Bowl champion New England Patriots in the divisional round.
The Texans' head coach is Bill O'Brien, and Davenport will work under the eye of offensive line coach Mike Devlin.
Houston opens its 2017 season at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sept. 10.