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  • 6'4" Height
  • 311LBS. Weight

Overview

One of the best among a top-rated center class. Since taking the reins from all-Pac-10 center Marvin Philip as a redshirt sophomore, Mack has been voted first-team all-conference three consecutive years (won the Pac-10's best offensive lineman award in 2007) and was a Rimington Trophy finalist each of the past two seasons. An academic standout, as well, Mack was the 2008 recipient of the Draddy Award, college football's academic version of the Heisman Trophy. Besides smarts and consistency, Mack offers rare size and athleticism for the center position, prompting some teams to view him as a potential guard in the NFL. Had an arm span of 33 inches and a hand span of 10 3/4 inches at the combine.

Analysis

Strengths

Positives: Tall, athletic center with large biceps and a solid lower body build. Puts in full effort on every play, often getting downfield for a second or third block. Nimble enough to get in front of screens, trap block inside and eliminate linebackers at the second level. Keeps his legs moving once making contact with his target, often putting his man on the ground in the process. Gets under the pads of taller tackles, able to push them back 5-7 yards. Creates huge holes on combination blocks inside. Adept at regular and shotgun snaps, getting his hands up quickly afterwards. Despite his size, he can quickly get low to cut block and will continue to work after the initial contact. Leader of the line. Negatives: Plays a bit high at times, occasionally losing leverage or getting pushed back against wide-bodies. Does not play with a particularly wide base. Will lean forward too much when in space, losing his ability to sustain the block and allowing defenders to get him off balance. Sometimes misses his target in space. Lacks a great push in short-yardage situations. Needs quicker feet and lateral movement in pass protection to handle quick, penetrating three-technique tackles and adjust to blitzing linebackers inside.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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