"I have played with some pretty good players ... and he is by far the most dominant that I have seen," Smith said Wednesday, via Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle. "He has everything you want athletically, smart."
Smith is far from alone, however, in his worship of Mack.
For all of that flattery, Mack managed just four sacks as a rookie.
If he's going to justify the hype, he needs to translate his 40 quarterback hurries -- the second-most among 4-3 linebackers last year, per Pro Football Focus -- into double-digit QB takedowns.