Report Prepared By John Harris
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0:35 Wow…Balance, speed, relentlessness, just amazing play
3:11 Strikes TE, gets separation and closes on QB
3:40 Runs through ball carrier, drops the hammer on the bubble screen
4:16 Check the speed from LOS to the QB, wow.
5:32 See "strikes ball carrier…hard", does it again
6:14 Redirects to run down QB after he's seemingly beat on zone read
Put Mack in an SEC or Pac 12 school's jersey and everyone across the nation would know who he is. You'll know in May. He'll run extremely well at the Combine and during Pro Day, but he's more than a physical specimen. His playmaking abilities and outstanding physical prowess are definitely on display. He can run down RB and WR out on the perimeter, but it's his ability to close on the QB that'll get most scouts attention.
He still must learn how to disengage and find a pet pass rush move, outside of a bull rush and rip/arm under. As such, he's not a polished pass rusher...yet, but finding a young player with THIS athleticism sure isn't easy. But, what he showed against Ohio State and its tackles is what has everyone's attention and with good reason. He beat Ohio State's RT like a drum twice so quickly, Braxton Miller couldn't even get to the top of his drop before Mack was on him. Then, Mack went to the other side to face Jack Mewhort. He whipped Mewhort on a beautiful inside move for a sack. Mack also added a pick six.
For Mack, though, this may be the "Maryland game" as those of us in Houston call it. Mario Williams became the No. 1 pick in the 2006 Draft in large part due to his performance in that one game, the Maryland game. The difference is that was Mario's only truly dominated performance, while Mack dominated the MAC and was extraordinary against every team he faced, but most will only remember the "Ohio State game". He still has work to do on his complete linebacking game, but the athetlcism, quickness and power have the NFL's attention.