Falcons Rookie DT Marlon Davidson ‘Fixing to Kick Derrick Brown’s Butt’

Marlon Davidson


Marlon Davidson #three of the Auburn Tigers.

The Falcons took Derrick Brown’s shadow at Auburn, Marlon Davidson within the fifth spherical of the NFL draft this yr. Whereas Brown was the highest DT within the draft, Davidson was thought-about to be probably the most savage participant to return out of the 2020 draft class.

This isn’t simply because he’s a disruptive pass-rusher or is projected to be Grady Jarrett’s clone, however as a result of Davidson likes to trash speak. And he’s good at it.

Nevertheless, he lingers within the shadow of his teammate and roommate. It doesn’t appear to trouble Davison an excessive amount of.

NFC South Rivalry to A Entire New Stage

The Panthers chosen Derrick Brown within the first spherical at No. 7 and Davidson went at No. 47 to the Falcons. The 2 buddies simply went from being teammates to division rivals in a single day.

Throughout an look on “Chook Noises,” hosted by Falcons’ insider Matt Tabeek, Davidson mentioned how he and Brown are dealing with the transition.

“I’m an enormous trash-talker,” Davidson stated. “I can say that. However I advised him, like me and him was speaking, I advised him like, ‘Bro, you don’t notice I’m fixing to kick your butt this yr.’ He was like, ‘Bro, we’re going to see after the sport.’”

Brown and Davidson had been roommates in faculty and each determined to remain their senior years. In addition they roomed collectively on the Mix.

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Arduous Work Pays Off

Davidson isn’t simply trying ahead to kicking his teammate’s booty, he actually can’t wait to play in opposition to some future Corridor of Fame quarterbacks.

“See the place all of the onerous work went,” Davidson stated, “all of the onerous work my freshman by means of senior yr to get there to this degree to have the ability to play in opposition to NFL, like, grown males. I’m not taking part in in opposition to little boys anymore, like with 18- to 21-year-olds, 22-year-olds. I’m taking part in in opposition to 22- to 34-year-olds. It’s a complete completely different side of the sport. I get to play in opposition to Tom Brady and Drew Brees. Two video games out of the yr, I’m taking part in in opposition to two GOATs, so it’s like, ‘Wow.’”

The Falcons are thought-about to be the underdogs this season in opposition to the Bucs and the Saints.

Nonetheless Getting His Work in No matter Limitations

The weird offseason is leaving Davidson with no excuses. He’s nonetheless managing to coach day by day and show that he’s NFL worthy.

“Simply coming into this position, it’s ridiculous. It’s a dream come true. However on the finish of the day, there’s nonetheless work to be carried out. I nonetheless go on the market on daily basis and pull that sled 120 yards up and down the sphere. It don’t matter about none of that. I’m nonetheless going to get my work in. I’m nonetheless going to point out folks why I belong right here, since you made it, however you haven’t made it. You’re simply there for proper now. You could be out of there anytime. You recognize the NFL stands for Not For Lengthy.”

In his final season at Auburn, Davidson recorded 12.5 tackles for loss and was the group’s sack chief with 7.5 (together with 48 tackles and two fumbles).

The Falcons and the Panthers will sq. off on Oct. 11 and once more on Oct. 29, Thursday evening primetime.

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