A four-star recruit out of Sarasota, Florida, Marlon Mack was a huge get for the South Florida recruiting class of 2014, along with quarterback Quinton Flowers. Mack fit the bill in their spread rushing attack and would live up to the hype. Mack finished his career as a 3x 1st Team All-AAC selection and was not only the rushing leader in USF history, but also the all-time leading rusher in AAC history as he ended his career with 3,609 rushing yards.
Mack decided to make the jump to the NFL after his junior season, and brings with him a tremendous amount of production which NFL teams will take notice of. Production doesn’t always translate to the next level, however. Looking back on this deep RB class in a few years, will Mack be one of those guys who stands out, or will be he be just another guy?
Name: Marlon Mack
Size: 5’11”/213/32” Arm Length/9” Hands
School: South Florida
Comparison: Johnathan Franklin (Retired/Green Bay Packers)
Draft Grade: 6th Round
Combine Results: 40-Yard Dash: 4.50 – Bench Press: 15 Reps – Vertical Jump: 135” – Broad Jump: 125”
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Positives: Well-proportioned frame with muscle. Upright, one-cut runner who excels in space. Nifty cutter in the open field. Weaves through traffic well. Displays good vision on extended runs. Spins off tackles, shake off tacklers and keep his balance. Adequate speed and displays burst down the sideline. Viable power to barge it in at the goal line. Uses his legs to spring forward and reach for paydirt. Gives solid effort on occasional run – typically when he’s able to shake off more tackles the more effort he’ll build up on that particular run. Quick glide out of release on go-routes as an outside receiver. Productive college career.
Negatives: Relies too much on cuts to the outside but lacks top-end speed/burst to consistently make it work. Backtracks too much on resets. Rarely runs up the middle. Lacks ‘quick vision’. Slow to process defense and make a move off the exchange at times. Too predicable as a runner as he typically looks to cut to the outside. Slow foot speed. Lacks ideal burst and explosion through holes. Too jumpy with his feet when he doesn’t need to be. Easy to wrap up. Often corralled in the backfield and struggles to break out of tackles. Does more damage than good with stiff arms as he fails to gain separation and springs back a few yards. Lackadaisical route runner/blocker and doesn’t show much promise in the passing game. Slow developing routes with no explosion. Poor hands catcher. Soft engagement on blocks. Overruns blocks on option plays. Noticeably winded after long gains – tends to significantly decrease ball security on following play. Overall ball security is a concern – 12 fumbles in three seasons.
Outlook: Marlon Mack possesses your prototypical one-cut running style. He works it east-west, but in turn he sometimes struggles to translate that into north-south yardage. Typically you’ll see him creep up to the line then automatically reset to the outside, which doesn’t always workout for him as he lacks the ideal burst and speed to the edge. Overall Mack’s skillset is pretty limited as he makes the jump to the NFL. He doesn’t offer much as a pass catcher or blocker. Best case, he catches on as a depth back and provides a spark off the bench from time to time. Mack is a late day 3 guy who may go a bit sooner based on production.