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2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Auburn DE Marlon Davidson

PFN Chief Draft Analyst Tony Pauline's scouting report on 2020 NFL Draft prospect DE Marlon Davidson of the Auburn Tigers.

2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report
Marlon Davidson, DE, Auburn Tigers

Career Snapshot
Four-year starter who earned First Team All-SEC honors and made 48 tackles (12.5 for loss) with 7.5 sacks and two forced fumbles as a senior in 2019. Combined to make 127 tackles (17 for loss) with 9.5 sacks during his first three seasons at Auburn. Missed one game in 2019 due to a lower-back injury and missed one game in 2017 due to a knee injury.

Positives
Nice-sized defensive lineman with scheme versatility who flashes bigtime ability. Athletic and displays good change-of-direction skills and the ability to get out into space and make plays. Holds his ground against blocks, gives effort in pursuit of the action and fluidly moves to every area of the field. Plays with proper lean, gets leverage on opponents and keeps his feet moving. Flashes pass-rushing skill.

Negatives
Struggles to get off blocks and gets manhandled on running downs. Needs to improve his overall strength.

Analysis
Davidson was a solid defensive lineman on a team that was stacked at the position, but he was still able to make his mark. He offers possibilities in a variety of schemes and could eventually grow into a two-gap end as he physically matures and improves his strength.

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Tony Pauline is the Chief Draft Analyst for Pro Football Network. You can read all of Tony’s work here and give him a follow on Twitter @TonyPauline.

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