University of California center Alex Mack
deserves to be a first-round selection in this year's NFL Draft. Described as a beast, a scholar, and a guy who knows how to live life to the fullest, Mack is a player who is going to see his draft stock continue to rise at the NFL Combine this week.
Already considered by many to be the best center in this year's NFL Draft class, California's Alex Mack created a lot of buzz in Mobile as scouts watched him work against some of the nation's top defensive linemen. And his stock should continue to rise this week as he gets to put his athleticism, intelligence and personality on display in Indianapolis this week at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Aggressive and smart at the snap of the ball, Mack showed-off his technique and brute strength during Senior Bowl week, creating headaches for defenders who found themselves unfortunate enough to be lining up across from him. And he seemed to be the only player who was fully capable of going head-to-head with Boston College defensive tackle B.J. Raji on a consistent basis.
"It was fun, he's a good player. I had a little trouble with him early in the week, but then I got back into football shape and understood how to play with him," Mack said during an exclusive Scout.com interview. "He's a powerful guy."
While Mack was handing out compliments to Raji, another Boston College defensive lineman, Ron Brace, told Scout.com that Mack was the toughest offensive lineman he had faced during Senior Bowl week.
"He's very good with his technique. I know he caught me on one move that I didn't sell hard enough. I tried to do a spin move and he caught me really bad," Brace said with a laugh.
The 6-foot-4, 312-pound center is a rare package of brains, brawn and heart. He won the 2008 Draddy Trophy, presented to the nation's top college football scholar-athlete who also demonstrates exemplary community leadership. It's often referred to as the "Academic Heisman."
As personable as he is smart, Mack will undoubtedly be bouncing non-stop from team to team this week for formal interview sessions with NFL coaches and general managers. And those face-to-face discussions should clinch a first-round selection for a player who is already being heralded by pro talent evaluators and NFL experts as a guy who could play successfully in the NFL for 10 years or more.