Daylon Mack is a sizable defensive tackle prospect, and he could be one of the top defensive players in the Class of 2015.
Mack, who hails from Gladewater (Texas) High School, stands 6'2 and weighs an impressive 310 pounds. As of February, he's rated as a five-star prospect by 247 Sports and Scout, and a four-star by Rivals and ESPN. The 247 Sports composite ratings list him as the 14th-best high school player in the class, the fifth-best defensive tackle and the No. 2 player from the state of Texas.
With such impressive physical attributes and raw talent, it's no surprise that Mack is receiving interest from top programs around the country. He holds 16 scholarship offers from the likes of Texas A&M, Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Stanford, Texas and USC, among others.
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The 310-pounder has incredible athletic ability for a player of his size -- Mack carries the weight of a nose tackle, but moves like a gap-penetrating three technique, an exceedingly rare combination. He also appears to re-direct well, not an easy task for someone over 300 pounds.
One of the more insane things an evaluator can see when watching high school prospects is Mack eluding defenders with quick feet and taking handoffs from the fullback position, finding a seam, and then running away from high school defenders for touchdowns with his top-end speed. At 310 pounds.
Of course, the competition level there makes a difference, but still, it's a 310-pound defensive tackle breaking off long runs.
That speed also results in a motor that runs enough for Mack to occasionally make plays along the sideline in pursuit.
Coming off the ball, Mack is unstoppable with his bullrush when he maintains any semblance of proper pad level, an area in which he needs some improvement because he can let his pads get high at times. In high school, his pure strength is often enough, but his pad level will need to improve when he gets to college and he will need to work on developing some pass-rushing moves, because there is not any evidence on film of a swim or rip move beyond his favored bullrush.
It's also clear that his lower body strength and explosion are absolutely elite. He can pack some serious punch in his hands when he brings, which allows him to knock opponents off their field when he extends his arms. Mack is also adept at forcing fumbles, forcing eight as a junior, showing that he understands how to make tackles while simultaneously relieving the ball carrier of the football.
Since Mack is still rather raw with his technique, the Gladewater product may need some time to transition to the college game at a position where it is difficult to contribute early.
If or when Mack shows growth with his technical understanding of the game, he has a chance to be an all-conference performer in college because of his elite physical skills. Even if he never becomes a strong technician, his pure physical skills should allow him to become a disruptive force.