The 2019 crop of tight ends is as talented and deep as the NFL has seen in years. Clubs willing to roll the dice on Day Three could be rewarded with Mack, a Las Vegas native who ranks among this year's boom-or-bust candidates at the position.
Like most Notre Dame players, Mack signed with the Irish amid great fanfare, starring for storied Bishop Gorman Gaels - a program with six consecutive state titles. He turned heads immediately, starting five games (and catching 13 passes for 190 yards) as a true freshman for an Irish squad that has watched 10 of its tight ends get drafted into the NFL this century alone.
However, Mack was ruled academically ineligible for 2016. He returned in 2017 to catch 19 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown before posting the best numbers of his career in 2018, hauling in 36 passes for 360 yards and three scores.
Looks the part of an NFL tight end with a broad-shouldered frame, good overall weight distribution and long (33 3/4") arms. Mack is a better athlete than football player at this point, showing terrific initial quickness out of his stance to get into his route, whether lined up inline, on the wing or in the slot. He shows some savvy as a route-runner, altering his gait to create hesitation with defenders and accelerates smoothly downfield.
He is a generally reliable hands catcher who possesses explosive leaping ability (36"), timing, length and body control to contort in the air to make difficult grabs.
For all of Mack's intriguing tools, however, he plays with more of a receiver mentality, showing just average physicality in his play, overall. Too often defenders are able to bump him off his routes and he does not look to punish smaller DBs after the catch. Perhaps most of all, Mack needs add toughness, technique and strength as a blocker.
Projection: Fourth Round
--Field Level Media