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Falcons Take Two Lineman

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The Atlanta Falcons selected Auburn defensive tackle, Marlon Davidson, with the 47th overall pick and Temple center Matt Hennessy with the 78th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Davidson is the ninth player the Falcons have selected from Auburn University in franchise history and the first since 2007 (David Irons). The Alabama native started all four years at Auburn, playing 51 games, totaling 175 tackles, 29.5 for a loss, 17.0 sacks, nine passes defended, four forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and three blocked kicks. 

In 2019, Davidson posted season-highs 48 tackles, 7.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles. The 6-foot-3 rookie was named second-team All-America and first-team All-SEC. Davidson marks the 12th defensive linemen the Falcons have taken in the second round.

Hennessy is the fourth player the Falcons have selected from Temple in club history and the first since 1981 (Mark McCants). The New Jersey native played in 38 career games, including 36 starts. He moved from guard to center as a redshirt freshman and started every game he played at the position for the next three seasons.

In 2019, Hennessy was a finalist for the Rimington Trophy, awarded to the nation’s best center. He brings prototypical size and athleticism to a Falcons offensive line that employs an outside-zone blocking scheme.

Davidson and Hennessy are the 25th and 26th players to be selected by the Falcons after appearing in the Senior Bowl dating back to 2008. The Falcons have taken at least one player that appeared in the Senior Bowl each year during that span except for 2011.

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