The 2020 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. Here is the Marlon Davidson 2020 NFL Draft profile.
Position: Defensive Line
Size: 6-foot-3, 303 pounds
2019 stats: 48 total tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, 1 pass defended, 1 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery
Davidson was one of the top recruits in the country and chose to go to Auburn for his college career. He was a four-year starter with the Tigers and is now an intriguing NFL Draft prospect.
As a freshman, Davidson had 2.5 sacks and six tackles for loss. Auburn went 8-5, losing to Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl to end the season. He had three sacks and six tackles for loss as a sophomore with the team going 10-4, losing to UCF in the Peach Bowl to cap off the year. In 2018, Davidson posted 2.5 sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss for his junior season. The Tigers went 8-5 with a win over Purdue in the Music City Bowl. This season, Davidson had 6.5 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss. Auburn went 9-4, but ended the year with a loss to Minnesota in the Outback Bowl.
After four seasons at Auburn, Davidson is one of the most experienced defensive lineman in the 2020 NFL Draft class. He may not go in the first round, but he will likely be off the board by the time day two of the NFL Draft is over.
Davidson played on a defense that used him in a variety of ways. He played on the edge, on the inside, on four-man fronts and in three-man fronts. With being a four-year starter on the defensive line, he has a lot of reps all over the defensive line. NFL teams may like the fact that they can move him around or they might like how well he played at one of the many positions he got to play.
He has great size for a defensive lineman, which as mentioned, allows him to move around the line. At 6-foot-3 and 303 pounds, Davidson will fit right in on an NFL defensive line. He has great enough strength to win a lot of his matchups and to shed blocks. His body is NFL ready, which means he could make an impact early in his career.
For his size, Davidson has great quickness and speed. He gets a good jump at the line of scrimmage and has good foot quickness. His speed allows him to penetrate gaps when he is playing on the interior and when he plays on the edge he still has the speed to beat tackles around the edge. Davidson’s speed and size combination makes him a unique prospect.
Although his versatility can be an asset, it can also be a liability if he is deemed a “tweener” with no real position. Moving him around too much without a great plan could leave him not developing his skills at one individual position. If he doesn’t find a home at one position, he could lose his place in the NFL.
He was a solid player for Auburn for four seasons, but he really had just one big year of production. His senior year, Davidson had 6.5 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss. Before 2019, he didn’t have more than three sacks or six tackles for loss. Playing on such a talented defensive line, Davidson should have been able to win more matchups.
Davidson’s awareness is not always up to par. He loses track of the ball easily on running plays, which limits his effectiveness. Davidson also needs to stay at home to prevent being beaten by misdirections and trick plays. If he focuses on finding the football quicker in the pros, he should improve in that regard.
Projected Draft Range: First Round Pick-Third Round Pick
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