By: Steve Johnson
Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama
*Combine measurements and drills will be added in Feb.
2016: 15 games. 8 tackles, 1 FR
2017: 12 games. 40 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 4 int (39 yards, 1 TD), 2 pass break ups
Accolades: 2016 Under Armour All-America Game
Injuries: Missed two games with a foot injury in 2016.
History: Five-star recruit out of Montgomery, he was a 2-time All State selection. He chose Alabama over Georgia, Florida, Auburn and Ole Miss. Given name is Lyndell, nicknamed Mack.
Strengths: Very athletic, excellent range. Closing speed is impressive. Uses his hands well when engaged. Brings a pop at point of contact, much more than you’d expect from a LB his size. Understands leverage. Good lateral quickness, fluid hips. Fierce competitor, looks to lay the boom on ball carriers. Really came into his own late in 2017. Was credited with a career high 12 tackles vs Georgia in the National Championship Game.
Weaknesses: Size will be an issue in the NFL, especially when engaged with linemen. Was pushed around and driven back too much by some NFL talent (Georgia). Flies too fast at times, needs to do a better job breaking down and wrapping up. Inexperienced (was stuck behind talent at Alabama).
Overview: Wilson is rangy, sideline to sideline, athletic linebacker. I don’t think he’s quite the athlete that 2018 Bear’s 1st Round Pick Roquan Smith, but he’s really good. His size will be an issue in the NFL, he has a hard time getting off blocks and gets driven back far too often. He’d best be suited as a weakside linebacker in either front.
Draft Projection: First Round Pick
Phanaddict Draft Grade: TBD
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