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Who Has The EDGE? Comparing Marcus Davenport And Harold Landry

The is just weeks away, and per usual, the takes are heating up. While we had mostly agreed on what the Cowboys should be looking for in the of the draft, other positions have begun to enter the conversation.

Among those positions is rusher, and despite using their first round pick on a just one season ago, and franchise tagging another one this , I would love to see the Cowboys bring in another rusher this year.

The question then becomes, however, which first round rusher should they target? Besides the consensus top rusher Bradley Chubb, the most popular first round defensive end targets are Boston College's and UTSA's .

While these have been considered the top two by big draft media, how should the Cowboys differentiate between the two on their board? To be quite honest, the film answers those questions clearly.

UTSA EDGE Marcus Davenport

At 6'5″ and 264 pounds while running a 4.41 short shuttle, you can clearly see why teams are falling in love with the small school pass rusher. Davenport is incredibly long and athletic, and passes the thresholds you want when taking a pass rusher in the first round.

Davenport has a rather-explosive first step and was a very productive pass rusher at the collegiate level. The problems I have with Davenport, however, are more about how technical a rusher he really is.

Rarely does it look like Davenport has a plan, and his hand use leaves much to be desired. He tends to stand straight up off the line of scrimmage, and I feel as if he relied too much on raw ability to beat lesser-talented players in college.

Despite the top-10 hype he's received, Marcus Davenport is a long way off from being productive enough to deserve that consideration.

Boston College EDGE Harold Landry

The I'd rather see the Cowboys target is Harold Landry. The 6'2″ 252 pound edge rusher is smaller than Davenport, but is a much more polished and NFL-ready pass rusher. Landry possesses an excellent get-off, and shows the ability to bend around the arc and make plays.

Unlike Davenport, Landry is calculated and balanced as a pass rusher and rarely plays out of control. The biggest concern that people have with Landry is his play strength against the run, and while I don't consider him an elite run defender, I do think he's better than most give him credit for.

To be honest, if healthy last season, Harold Landry would clearly be a top 10 prospect in this draft class. Due to his lackluster and -filled , however, there's a chance that Landry will fall to 19.

If the Cowboys get a chance to grab Harold Landry in round one, they shouldn't hesitate to do so.

Kevin Brady
Kevin Brady
Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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Kevin Black

I’d be fine with either. I’d be concerned if Dallas drafted a WR in the first instead of a pass rusher if either of these players are available. Pass rushers are the hardest position to find outside the first round, period. Even harder than QB, although it’s very close.

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