After making his presence known in the SEC, Marlon Davidson has positioned himself as one of the top defensive ends in the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft. The former Auburn standout brings a nice combination of size and speed to the table but is athletic enough to make game-changing plays. He may be more of a situational pass rusher early on but once he refines his technique and adjusts to the NFL, he could develop into an impact defender.
Marlon Davidson Draft Profile
A sturdy but quick lineman, Davidson made a habit of penetrating into the backfield regularly at Auburn. As a pass rusher, he’s at his best shooting gaps. Along with impressive initial get-off, he has natural balance and is difficult to knock off track once he has half a step. He’s outstanding against the run, setting the edge with a sturdy anchor that makes him difficult to move. He uses his long arms and strong hands to keep blockers out of his frame. He also blocked kicks in three consecutive games at one point last season.
Davidson is going to have trouble consistently bending the edge at the next level. It limits his versatility and appeal in the pass rush, as he’ll likely have to reduce inside on passing downs. He relied on quickness when rushing the passer inside but too often struggled when he didn’t win early.
Davidson will appeal to defenses that play an even front, as an early-down edge setter who kicks inside on passing downs. He has a chance to be an impact player in both phases.
Final Grade: 1st/2nd round