The Falcons have, at times, been accused of lacking leadership in the locker room and competitive fire across their football team. I’ve always thought those criticisms were a little bit unfair—it’s hard to know what’s happening on the field and behind closed doors—but that criticism was only going to grow when the team went 7-9 two seasons in a row and had relatively quiet, laid back guys like Desmond Trufant and Vic Beasley dotting the roster. Again, fair or no, they had a reputation.
Enter Marlon Davidson, who has an electric personality and the kind of desire to be great that can’t help but be inspiring. The intangibles are truly intriguing here, but more importantly, Davidson arrives in Atlanta having done phenomenal work for Auburn just a year ago, especially as a pass rusher.
Marlon Davidson: 83.8 pass-rushing grade in 2019 pic.twitter.com/zKhksaor5d— PFF (@PFF) April 25, 2020
The on-field production is going to be what gets Davidson celebrated and it’s what we’ll be spending most of our time analyzing, but it’s worth noting that Davidson is a lot of fun as a person and he’s made it clear he expects the Falcons defense to be good next year. More than that, he expects it to be great because of him. That’s not an attitude we’ve run into from Falcons defenders all that often.
Davidson said he couldn’t sleep last night because he wanted to go first round. Highly motivated guy. He wants to show the Falcons they weren‘t wrong in picking Marlon Davidson. ”We coming to get anybody in our path. The defense is going to be good. I promise you that.’’— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) April 25, 2020
The Atlanta Falcons just drafted the most savage player in the draft pic.twitter.com/EgV9rtIcsL— Trevor Sikkema (@TampaBayTre) April 25, 2020
Marlon Davidson: "Wherever they want me to be, that's where I'm going to be." Talking about playing anywhere on the defensive line.— William McFadden (@willmcfadden) April 25, 2020
I feel safe saying this based on one conference call that Falcons fans are going to love Marlon Davidson’s personality.— Jason Butt (@JasonHButt) April 25, 2020
We’ll see where Davidson is going to play—primarily defensive tackle, is my guess—but he’s going to be fun to follow in Atlanta regardless. If he and Grady Jarrett can wreak havoc together, this defense should legitimately be better.