The sizeable hole that Ryan Shazier left with his unfortunate season, and potentially career, ending injury has yet to be filled. Thus, I feel the organization has no other option than to draft an inside linebacker with their first round pick. But who might that be? Today we dive into linebacker Mack Wilson.
Mack Wilson #30
Real Name: Lyndell
Second Team All-SEC (2018)
CFB National Champion (2017)
2x SEC Champion (2016, 2018)
2018 Butkus Award finalist (nation’s top linebacker) Homegrown superstar from Montgomery, Alabama. Chose Alabama over Auburn, Florida, Georgia and Ole Miss.
65 Total Tackles (33 solo), 4.5 TFL, 1 sack, 2 INT’s and 5 PD.
What’s To Like
Mack Wilson is a freak athlete, standing at 6”2’ and weighs in at 239lbs. His stature provides for efficient speed and big hit ability. Can impound the line to stop the run. Gets downfield quickly. Able to shed blocks, regardless of the opposition. Solid pass coverage. Notable ball-hawking production. Good hands, plus anticipation of play calling.
Here you can see Mack Wilson’s ability to defend the run, despite having to shed the block of the forthcoming guard.
Teach Tape… pic.twitter.com/TcDGXeShfO
— Mack Wilson (@iam__mw3o) December 4, 2018
In terms of pass coverage, Wilson is exquisite. As previously alluded to he often contributes game-changing plays across the season. Here, you can see him match the speed of the opposition’s running back, in spite of the blockages in his path.
— Greg Forbes (@red_scox) January 31, 2019
He also has an eye for ball-hawking too.
Ultimately, very little concerns. That said, some late hits throughout collegiate career. Several occasions within which Wilson is unable to control hits. A couple helmet-to-helmet tackles thus far. Perhaps disciplinary issues. Most notably for excessive celebrating. Like the time he sacked Jake Fromm and used his head as means for standing up again by pushing down on his helmet. Mental processing could stand to improve.
In Wilson’s freshman year, he evidenced an inability to curtail his power in this explosive hit against Texas A&M.
Upon witnessing Mack Wilson’s performances through film, I feel he is a certain to be drafted in the first round. In terms of availability, I definitely think that Wilson will be an option with the 20th pick because many draft “critics” have him ranked among the top five linebackers but not atop the list. With that in mind, that projection works in our favor extremely well.
Conclusively, I genuinely feel the Steelers have a large chance of securing our linebacker for the future in Mack Wilson. He possesses leadership skills, athletic ability and can perform fantastically in the role of the Mack linebacker. Therefore, he’s a credible replacement for Ryan Shazier.
Image Credits: the Athletic
Games Watched: Louisville 2018, Clemson 2018, Ole Miss 2018, Missouri 2018.
Credits: YouTube & Sports-Reference.