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Teammate Kingsley Keke earned most of the press during the season but Mack, a former five-star recruit, delivered at the Senior Bowl, using his stout frame to slam shut running lanes while turning heads with his power and underrated agility during drills.
Classic-build zero technique nose guards like Mack are not as valued as they once were and he's not likely to be a consideration until the middle rounds. If Mack commits to playing with the same intensity he showed as a senior - his first season as a starter at A&M - Mack has the raw talent to surprise.
Mack recorded more assisted tackles (56) than solos (52) during his career at A&M. Optimists will counter with the fact that nearly a quarter of his 108 career tackles came behind the line of scrimmage (27), including eight sacks.
Looks and plays like a cannon ball, firing off the snap low and hard to reset the line of scrimmage. Stubby frame provides blockers a relatively small target, a fact amplified by Mack's natural leverage advantage. At his best out of the four-point stance, flashing terrific initial explosiveness and stellar leg drive to knock the center back on his heels. Much quicker than he looks, showing the ability to split gaps with his initial surge and surprising ballcarriers with his quick closing ability (Mississippi).
Mack is too reliant on first-step explosiveness and his simple bull rush to push the pocket. There is little evidence of hand technique to disengage from blockers. He shows just phone booth quickness, topping out quickly and making few plays outside of the tackle box, despite good effort in pursuit. His pad level rises as he tires, left playing patty-cake with blockers. Mack enjoyed his most productive seasons as a true freshman and senior, raising alarms for some about his commitment.
Projection: Fifth Round
--Field Level Media