Falcons draft bio: Auburn’s Marlon Davidson

Tulane running back Amare Jones is tackled for a loss by Auburn defensive end Marlon Davidson (3). (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)
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Tulane running back Amare Jones is tackled for a loss by Auburn defensive end Marlon Davidson (3). (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)

Credit: Butch Dill

Credit: Butch Dill

Falcons pick: Second round (47th overall) -- Marlon Davidson, DT, Auburn

Height: 6-foot-3. Weight: 303 pounds. Arm Length: 33 inches. Hand size: 10 inches. 40-yard dash: 5.04 seconds. Bench press: 41 reps of 225 pounds.

Overview: Davidson, 22, is from Greenville, Ala. He was very disruptive for the Tigers playing alongside Derrick Brown, who was selected in the first round of the draft. Davidson is good while attacking and does not get fooled by misdirection. He blocked nine passes over his career. He started 51 games in college. He has to work on staying lower. He sat out one game last season because of lower-back tightness. He was a four-year starter for the Tigers. He had decent seasons until his senior campaign when he led the team with 12.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. He had a 6.35 grad from NFL.com, which projects that he will be a starter within the first two years in the league.  "The team who drafts him will need to determine how best to utilize him because despite his build, he's most effective when playing outside the tackle," according to NFL.com Lance Zierlein. "He's athletic enough to work as a base 4-3 end with sub-rush talent, but getting over the hump from good backup to starter might take time."

The Draft Network’s Jordan Reid  on Davidson: “Marlon Davidson is a tough and sturdy interior defender who has lots of positional versatility. Pairing him alongside Grady Jarrett gives the Falcons an explosive duo inside.”

AJC’s 2020 POSITION BY POSITION DRAFT SERIES

Quarterbacks: Joe Burrow leads classTop 10
Running backs: Cam Akers' life lessonTop 10
Tight ends:  Harrison Bryant top prospect Top 10 
Guards/Centers:  Solomon Kindley a late-rounderTop 10 
Offensive tackles:  Austin Jackson's life lesson | Top 10 
Wide receivers: Jeudy or Lamb  | Top 10
Defensive tackles: Brown, Kinlaw stand outTop 10
Defensive ends: A 'generational' talentTop 10
Linebackers: Simmons a position-less LBTop 10
Safeties: Loaded with Georgia talent | Top 10
Special teams:  Georgia's kick-centered | Return with flashTop 10
Cornerbacks:  Jeff Okudah a lockdown CB | Top 10

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