Carolina Panthers: Draft Network simulator mock (7 rounds)
Marlon Davidson is a formidable presence on the defensive line interior and represents good value for the Carolina Panthers with the No. 38 overall selection.
He is a huge body and possesses the sort of upper body strength that is going to make a smooth transition to the NFL. He plugs gaps incredibly well in the run game and has a real knack of getting to the quarterback in pass-rushing situations.
Davidson ended his time at Auburn on a high with 7.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, one pass deflection, and 49 combined tackles in 2019. He displayed excellent hands and is powerful enough to shift lineman from their position at the earliest opportunity.
The Panthers lost Dontari Poe in free agency, which might not be a bad thing going forward given the team’s desire to go younger. Davidson has a tremendous amount of potential and there is a good chance he goes higher than this when all picks are in.
One area the player needs to improve is his initial burst off the block. This can be slow at times which leaves him catching up on plays and sometimes gives him no chance at all.
If Davidson can brush up this particular area of his game then the player can become a disruptive force in the pros.