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2020 NFL Draft: Falcons select Marlon Davidson in second round

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ATLANTA -- With the No. 47 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons selected former Auburn defensive tackle Marlon Davidson. Adding more pass rushers was a priority for the Falcons this offseason, and Davidson now gives Atlanta even more juice coming off the edge. Davidson was one of the top players in the SEC during the 2019 season.

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WHY HE FITS

The Falcons finished 29th in the league in sacks last season with 28. The additions of Dante Fowler in free agency and now Davidson gives the Falcons more options to get to the quarterback. The four-year starter at Auburn is durable and consistently produced at a high level in stopping the run and recording sacks. Davidson amassed 174 tackles, 28 tackles for a loss, 14.5 sacks and three forced fumbles in four seasons. He also blocked three kicks in the 2018 season.

DRAFT GRADES

Chris Trapasso, CBSSports.com

  • Grade: B-
  • Comment: "DE to DT conversion. Heavy hands. Power for days. Good burst for his size. Major hustle player. Traits are there. Just wonder about playing new position in NFL."

Mike Tanier, Bleacher Report

  • Grade: A
  • Comment: "Davidson has enough positives to turn into Cameron Jordan after a year of NFL coaching and conditioning. That's an ambitious comparison, but Davidson's unique playing style and engaging personality should keep him in the league for a long time, even if he turns into more of a complementary defender than a star.In the short term, he'll line up next to Grady Jarrett and play roles similar to the ones he played next to Derrick Brown at Auburn. And he'll make the Falcons defensive line much better as a result."

NFL COMPARISON

Vinny Curry: NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein compares Davidson to Vinny Curry of the Philadelphia Eagles. In eight years in the NFL, Curry has recorded 178 tackles, 82 quarterback hits and 29.5 sacks.

"Four-year starter who posted elevated production against the run and pass as a senior. Davidson has been durable and his play consistent, but he fails to really stand out in the shadow of teammate Derrick Brown. 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," Zierlein said of Davidson.

With the No. 47 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons select Auburn defensive tackle Marlon Davidson.

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