Marlon Davidson the ancillary interior piece that the Atlanta Falcons needed to add.
Marlon Davidson was picked in the second round by the Atlanta Falcons for one reason and one reason only – to beef up the interior of the defensive line. They needed to help out Grady Jarrett, one of the best defensive linemen in the NFL so that they would be able to rush the passer and defend the run better.
Admittedly, what Marlon Davidson will bring to the Atlanta Falcons will be a 6-foot-3 297-pound beast of a human being. This second-round pick should be able to show out soon and very soon with physical and intangible attributes.
To see which tangibles the Falcons most likely highlighted in drafting this hulking man we can look at the report from Kyle Crabbs of Thedraftnetwork.
"First Step Quickness – Springy athlete with a surprising amount of burst. He’s got stereotypical juice for a 3T penetration defender and will shoot across the LOS quickly. Question will be how consistently he can keep his balance through lateral contact as he shoots gaps from the interior vs. prior role as an outside DL"
However, that is not to say that Marlon will not need some polishing on his skills, but the intangible skills that can not be taught such as his quick first step will come in handy soon and very soon in the NFL.
The things that he can learn while being in training camp and gleaning all this information from practices and his defensive line coaches and counterparts will help him tremendously.
Although it does not help his case to show out this upcoming season with him being sidelined with a knee-sprain, nothing can simulate practice action, and above that nothing can replicate game action, we hope he can see the field as soon as he is healthy.
According to the stats from ProFootballFocus which will help give us fans an idea on how Marlon will contribute to our team when healthy and also after he learns the mechanics and the little nuances of the NFL.
This Falcons team will need Marlon Davidson to step up and show why he had an above-average 83.8 pass-rushing grade with an average 74.3 run-stopping grade in the greatest conference in College football the SEC.
Our beloved Atlanta Falcons football team needs an additional piece that can give Grady Jarrett a breather, and hopefully a tandem that will have opposing offensive lines fearful when they have to face the Atlanta Falcons.