Mack Wilson

Alabama
LB

Prospect Info

College
Alabama
Hometown
Class
Montgomery, Ala.
Junior
Height
Weight
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6' 2"
238 lbs
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Prospect Grade

5.90
Chance to Become NFL Starter
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Several SEC schools recruited Wilson hard after he excelled at Montgomery's Carver High School. The five-star recruit was an All-American as a junior and senior, as well as a first-team all-state pick both seasons. Alabama coaches won the recruiting battle, and Wilson made an immediate impact, playing in all 15 games as a true freshman on special teams, defense (six tackles), and as a H-back on offense. He played in 12 games as a sophomore, starting twice and missing two games due to a foot injury. In addition to leading the Tide with four interceptions, Wilson posted 40 tackles, 2.5 for loss, and two pass breakups. He excelled in the national championship game, recording 12 tackles, two for loss, against Georgia. Wilson was voted second-team All-SEC by league coaches in 2018, compiling 71 tackles, five for loss, two interceptions, and five pass breakups during the season.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
NFL Comparison
C.J. Mosley
Overview
He is today's version of an NFL linebacker with adequate size, plus strength and toughness, speed pursue and an ability to handle coverage duties on any down. Wilson is like a classically trained musician who hits his notes on time, but the question is whether or not he can play as a free-form, improvisational talent when the opportunity arises. Either way, he's a solid, three-down starter in any defensive scheme.
Strengths
  • Typical Alabama linebacker who plays with some edge
  • Good with his hands to punch and play off blocks
  • Able to unlock hips and explode into blockers or deftly slip them
  • Anticipates run-lane choice and quick to respond to bounce-outs
  • Good pursuit burst with easy change of direction
  • Plays through blockers with his eyes
  • Can trigger downhill into leaky zone gaps
  • Able to cover tight ends and running backs
  • Fluid in drop coverage with ball skills like a receiver
  • Can make acrobatic catches with six interceptions over two years
  • Shows some feel as blitzer
  • Plus special teams talent
Weaknesses
  • Might be too mechanical in his approach at times
  • Limited number of instinctive shots into gaps
  • Needs to prove he can play with feel and make plays
  • Had just 7 tackles for loss over last two seasons
  • Still deciphering when to attack block and when to slip it
  • Will side-step block on second level and inadvertently widen run lane
  • Needs to get into climbing blockers earlier to constrict the run lane
  • Had issues getting off of blocks and leveraging gaps against Georgia
Sources Tell Us

"He's big, can run, can cover. He's got the talent, but I thought he was hot or cold this year. He didn't improve on last year to me." -- Director of college scouting for AFC team

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GRADE
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