Players like Marlon Davidson are why the SEC is the SEC. They just have guys like him that bigger, faster, stronger that many other conferences don’t have.
The athletic big man has the tools to develop into a dominant force against the run and the pass at the next level.
Dudes that are this big should not be able to move as fast as Davidson. He’s a great athlete for his size and displays very good strength. He’s already big enough to compete at the college level right now and could easily add more weight .
Davidson is so strong at the point of attack and shows strong hands to disengage from blocks. Incredibly, he is able to run down plays from the backside at his size. He has a very good first step and consistently gets penetration up the field.
He has a bad habit of using a swim move to beat offensive linemen at the snap of the ball and that is something he’s not going to be able to get away with at the next level. He’ll need to correct it or risk getting washed out of too many plays.
He shows very good pass rush potential and does a good job of attacking half the man. He converts speed to power really well and can push the pocket.
He’s a perfect fit as five technique defensive end in a 3-4, but if he goes to a team that runs a 4-3, he’ll likely play on the interior as a three technique.
Davidson is the kind of athlete that could be a contributor very early in his career before developing into a complete player as an eventual starter. He has the potential to be an All-American caliber defensive lineman.
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Jamie Uyeyama was a way too small defensive tackle at Idaho State University and a more appropriately sized rush end at Simon Fraser University. He was a coach at the college and high school level and is the son of Ron Uyeyama, a member of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and high school football coach for over 30 years (hence the site name, Son of a Coach).