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2019 NFL Draft Profile: Alabama LB Mack Wilson

Mack Wilson became a vital piece to Alabama’s front seven and can potentially be a NFL centerpiece too. The Rams are in dire need at the linebacker position and Wilson could be atop of the Rams’ draft board.

College stats and honors:

2018: 65 tackles, 33 solo, 2 interceptions and 1 sack.

Career: 113 tackles, 59 solo, 6 interceptions and 2 defensive touchdowns.

Honors: All-America accolades from the AFCA (2018), All-SEC second team selection, semifinalist  for the Butkus Award.

Strengths:

Wilson improved progressively during his three years with the Rolltide (2016-2018). His career statistics are evidence of that. Stats only tell part of the story though. Essentially, scouts are evaluating his leadership and game management skills. Somethings can be taught, but Wilson’s skills are something that coaches can’t teach.

Wilson possesses tremendous speed and great instincts. He has a knack for reading plays and makes the proper adjustments. He is a vocal leader and isn’t a selfish player. Wilson constantly scans the field and positions teammates for the team’s benefit. Wilson is a great tackler and decent in pass coverage as a ball hawk with good hands.

Weaknesses:

Wilson is a tad undersized for an inside linebacker. He benefits from a weak 2019 draft class. Wilson’s talent is undeniable, but he would likely be a reach with a stronger draft class. The issue is the Rams did have an undersized linebacker corps and there wasn’t a ton of success.

Expected Draft Round:

The NFL is constantly looking for linebackers. The Rams along with many other teams are looking to use their first round picks on the position. Wilson is a top five linebacker, but he may drop if he performs poorly in the NFL Combine. Alabama’s collegiate stars don’t usually drop too far in the draft though. Expect Wilson to be picked early to middle first round.

SOURCES: Sports-reference.com, University of Alabama

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