Daylon Mack fits the Giants’ archetype for defensive tackles, but will that change?
One of the best parts of the East-West Shrine game and Senior Bowl is that the games give golden opportunities to players who have flown under the radar. One such prospect is Texas A&M’s Daylon Mack. The Giants have a solid core of talent on the interior defensive line between B.J. Hill and Dalvin Tomlinson, while Mario Edwards Jr. flashed in limited reps. However, the Giants don’t make a habit of extending defensive tackles past their rookie contracts, and the big guys generally benefit from a good rotation.
Mack has the frame and power of a traditional nose tackle, but like Linval Joseph, Johnathan Hankins, Dalvin Tomlinson, and B.J. Hill, Mack has surprising movement skills to go with incredible strength and power (Mack was squatting 600 pounds for reps as a sophomore in high school and TAMU had to order specialty bars to hold enough weight to challenge him), and was used at a variety of positions by the Aggies.
He made waves when he flashed at the East-West Shrine game and earned an invite to the Reese’s Senior Bowl, where he continued to impress despite the jump in competition. Has he put himself on the New York Giants radar?
Weight: 327 pounds
- Impressively powerful defensive tackle. Can push double teams and rag-doll single blockers.
- Surprisingly good first step. Occasionally the first player moving.
- Able to press and shed blockers.
- Shows some upside as a pass rusher.
- Able to play a variety of techniques and alignments in both odd and even fronts.
- Impressive motor. Routinely pursues through the echo of the whistle.
- Carries too much “bad” weight.
- Quick in a short area, but painfully slow over any kind of distance.
- Can wind up on the ground too often.
- Late bloomer, didn’t begin to realize his potential until late in his college career.
What They’re Saying
“A former five-star recruit, Mack didn’t have the consistency desired from him in college but his ability was evident in St. Petersburg. A gigantic tackle, Mack has an impressive amount of mobility that blends nicely with his powerful frame. I was really impressed with his hand usage and how heavy and violent his strikes are. Mack overwhelmed offensive lineman and earned the call up to the Senior Bowl.”
– Joe Marino (The Draft Network – 5 Biggest Winners From Shrine Game Practices)
Does He Fit The Giants?
Mack has a lot of the qualities that the Giants look for in a defensive tackle. He has impressive movement skills for a player who’s build and frame suggest “imobile nose tackle”. He is also impressively, almost stupidly, powerful when he is able to play behind his pads and drive with those massive legs.
But unlike other big defensive tackles, Mack isn’t limited to just occupying blockers and clogging running lanes. He has a legitimate first step and flashes the ability to be a capable interior pass rusher. He needs to continue to develop his hands and acquire a more diverse set of rush moves, but the potential is there. He also needs to do some work in the conditioning department (and at the kitchen table) and shed that sloppy weight. Mack weighed in at 327 pounds, but if he is able to tighten up without sacrificing his strength and power, he could be a scary player on the inside of a defense.
The trade of Damon Harrison might have freed up more snaps for B.J. Hill, but even though he is a great athlete, playing him for as many (or more) snaps as the EDGE players is a bit excessive. Mack’s versatility to play all over the defensive interior would let the Giants maintain a push in the middle while also having a deep and robust defensive line rotation in a variety of fronts.
Mack has seen his profile rise since the start of the draft process, but if he lasts to the third day, he could appeal to the Giants.