Three-time first-team All-MAC selection (2011-13). 2013: Second-team All-American pick after starting in all 13 games. Had nine tackles, 2.5 sacks and interception return for touchdown against Ohio State. 2012: Played and started 11 games, and led team in tackles (94), tackles for loss (21), sacks (8) and forced fumbles (4). 2011: Started in all 12 games and led team in sacks (5.5), tackles for loss (21) and forced fumbles (5). 2010: Started in all 12 games and led team in sacks (4.5), tackles for loss (14.5), and pass breakups (10). 2009: Redshirted. Misc.: Learned how to play guitar as a freshman (self-taught through Internet). Was only recruited out of high school heavily by Buffalo and Liberty.
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. 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.