When Daylon Mack signed with Texas A&M out of high school it was a big get for the Aggies as they now had what looked like a dominant inside presence who has the size of a nose tackle but moved like a three technique penetrater. And while the former 5 Star and top 15 recruit had 9.5 tackles for loss in his true freshman year, it’s been downhill from there with his tackle numbers dropping each year. With one more year of eligibility left and a new defensive coaching staff and scheme at Texas A&M this is Mack’s opportunity to seize the moment.
Get to Know Daylon Mack
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The past three years Daylon Mack has spent his time at the one technique shading the center often taking on blocks to help clog up lanes. Like his 6’1 320lb frame indicates, Mack does well taking on blocks playing two gaps but does show the ability to shed the blocks to make tackles. As a pass rusher Mack isn’t as impactful relying too much on overhwelming defenders with his size to bull rush lineman. While he can put lineman on skates to get the occasional sack, if he doesn’t win with the intial leverage he’s rendered ineffective.
Why Daylon Mack Could Break Out
In new Defensive Coordinator Mike Elko’s defense Mack will continue to line up in the A gap shading the center but his role should change. The key difference is Elko’s scheme compared to John Chavis is an aggressive one gap defense that wants the defensive lineman to attack their gaps and get upfield. This should play well for Mack as he does possess some good burst for his size and being more aggressive shooting a gap could make it easier for him to get into the backfield and wreck havoc.
However the biggest key to Mack’s success may be his weight. Mack admittedly has been out of shape and overweight which has got to be a big part of his struggles. With a new coaching staff in, Mack has been in good shape and was one of the big standouts this spring. This is a good sign and if Mack can continue to reshape his body, we could be in for a big season and could work himself into the day two discussion.