WT: 278 lbs
High School: Greenville (Greenville, AL)
Accolades: Senior Bowl. 2016 All-SEC Freshman.
Marlon Davidson Scouting Report
Athleticism: Considering his size, Marlon Davidson is fairly limber. Very stiff in his movements, as his body doesn’t allow for much additional movement. His feet aren’t as quick as they need to be an EDGE rusher, but good enough to play inside. Shows good speed in pursuit despite his size.
Power/Strength: Marlon Davidson possesses average strength for a player of his size. Very strong player, but doesn’t seem to know how to use it. He doesn’t have the strength to win outside with bull rushes and doesn’t get off of blocks very easily. Flashes the ability to use power as a threat, but not anywhere consistent enough.
Pass Rush Ability: Doesn’t appear to enter pass-rushing sets with a clear plan. He engages the blocker and has no second move. Davidson was used as an EDGE rusher at Auburn but doesn’t show the necessary quickness or bend to be effective in those situations in the NFL. He doesn’t have the brute strength and power to overwhelm NFL left tackles. With Derrick Brown on the interior, Davidson was unable to take advantage of the many 1v1 opportunities that he received on the outside, another issue that will be heavily questioned.
Run Defending Ability: Oftentimes, Davidson removes himself from the play by being too aggressive and not having the football IQ that I would want to see. His pursuit angles are poor, oftentimes removing himself from the play. His tackling skills in space are non-existent, and Davidson prefers to take runners head-on. Because of his lack of production from this aspect from the EDGE, I think he could be a high impact player inside who would free lanes for linebackers to clean up running backs.
Instincts/Football IQ: Davidson shows a good ability to stay within his assignment, especially when given containment assignments. His presence does impact decisions to run the ball outside because of his ability to take on runners head-on. However, Marlon Davidson has an excellent understanding of how to attack gaps. Oftentimes, Davidson can free himself because of his understanding of gap assignments and how to defend them.
Overall: Marlon Davidson played four seasons as a starter on the outside at Auburn. Many of the traits and skills that he has shown transition very well into the interior. For example, his ability to attack gaps is that of a strong interior defensive lineman. Because of the skillset, I cannot imagine NFL teams taking Davidson seriously as an EDGE prospect while instead looking to use him on the interior. As an EDGE, he’s a late day three pick. As an IDL, Davidson is a day two/early day three pick.