Prepped in Florida, where he was primarily a basketball player until his senior year -- Buffalo was only FBS offer. Tore his patellar tendon as an underclassman. Redshirted in 2009. Played outside linebacker in a 3-4 for the Bulls, and started all 48 games he played. In '10, played 12 games and recorded 68 tackles, 14.5 for loss and 4.5 sacks with 10 pass breakups and two forced fumbles. In '11, tallied 65-20.5-5.5 with two pass breakups, an interception and five forced fumbles. Was suspended for the '12 season opener against Georgia after he got into a fight with a teammate. On the season, totaled 94-21-8 with two pass breakups and four forced fumbles in 12 games. Was a Butkus Award finalist in '13 when he led the Bulls in tackling for the second year in a row -- registered 100-19-10.5 with seven pass breakups, three interceptions (two returned for touchdowns) and five forced fumbles in 13 games. Team captain. Three-time first-team All-MAC.
Disruptive first-step quickness -- immediately re-creates the line of scrimmage and plays in the backfield (record tackle-for-loss production). Outstanding instincts -- locates the ball quickly and is around the ball a lot. Very good body control, bend and balance -- plays on his feet and is seldom on the ground. Developed pass-rush moves (rip, dip and inside counter). Very explosive -- broad jumped 10 feet, 8 inches and boasts a rare 40-inch vertical. Excellent pursuit -- tracks down ball carriers from behind. Sacrifices his body and sells out around piles. Strikes with authority -- hits on the rise, violently jars ball carriers backward on impact and has a knack for dislodging the ball. Highly motivated. Played big vs. better competition (see Ohio State). Can zone drop and buzz to the flat with ease. Highly competitive and energetic. Regularly was the focus of defensive game plans and still produced despite facing multiple blockers and extra protection consistently rolled his way.
Produced nondescript performance with a MAC title game berth on the line vs. Bowling Green and regularly faced inferior MAC competion. Plays a bit too recklessly and out of control. Can learn to run the arc with better lean.
Round 1 (top 10)
A havoc-wreaking rush linebacker with the burst and acceleration to excel as a right defensive end in a "40" front, Mack has demonstrated the instincts, toughness, athletic ability and explosive power to line up at any linebacker position in an even or odd front and factor readily. Is a four-year starter who made an immediate impact upon his arrival and is well primed for the NFL game. Looks every bit the part, comes from a humble, grounded family and offers the full package to become an impact performer in the pros.