2. Mack Wilson, Alabama
6-1, 240: Alabama always comes up with great linebacker prospects, but the people around the program were saying up and down that Wilson was going to be special among all the special talents.
Forget the stats. The 105 stops over the last two years were fine, and there wasn’t any pass rush and little happening behind the line, but that’s not what he was asked to do.
He’s got the bulk to bring the thump, he’s explosive at getting to the ball, and he’s the all-around talent who’ll translate into an instant starter at the next level.
As long as you’re cool with the lack of pass rushing skills, here’s your smart, do-almost-everything-else option with the athleticism and speed to go along with his hitting ability. The pass coverage skills are there, too, and that’s the hidden gem.
He was good at Bama. He has the upside to be amazing when he’s able to do a whole lot more.
Projected Round: Second
Real Value: Late First