TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — It could be argued that today is the most important day in Marlon Davis’ football life.
With scouts likely from all 32 NFL teams descending on Tuscaloosa for Alabama’s pro day, the former Carver standout has one shot to leave a lasting impression before next month’s NFL draft.
Davis, who did not get a chance to compete in the NFL combine or the Senior Bowl, is optimistically projected as a sixth- to seventh-round pick by most draft experts. The 6-foot-2, 299-pound right guard is rated by ESPN as the 24th best guard and the 53rd best offensive lineman in the draft.
Davis will be one of 10 Alabama players participating in pro day. Among the five who competed in last month’s NFL combine and will be looking to improve upon their status are center Antoine Caldwell, running back Glen Coffee, quarterback John Parker Wilson and safety Rashad Johnson.
Those who did not compete in the combine include left tackle Andre Smith (who was invited but chose not to participate), defensive end Bobby Greenwood, tight ends Travis McCall and Nick Walker and wide receiver Nikita Stover.
In an odd twist, Smith’s decision to leave the combine before working out could benefit Davis. Due to his early departure, several scouts are more likely to show up to see Smith than before and could catch a glimpse of Davis that they may have not seen.
In addition to the plethora of scouts, several general managers and head coaches will be at the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility today. Furthermore, the NFL Network will be on hand to catch all the action.
While the 2007 textbook scandal involving five players on the Alabama football team, including Davis and Caldwell, has resurfaced, it should not affect Davis’ overall draft status.
During his career at Alabama, Davis was a three-time letterman and was the co-winner of the 2008 Sylvester Croom Commitment to Excellence Award with Greenwood for his performance during spring practice. He played in 38 games for the Tide and started in 25.