It is by everyone’s assessment a deep 2017 NFL Draft at the running back position. This is one of the reasons why we at F.F.I. expressed surprise in early January when USF’s Marlon Mack went ahead and declared early.
Yes, Mack has had back to back outstanding seasons for the Bulls, and there is a strong argument for “striking while the iron is hot,” if you want to play in the NFL. But, there had been some early legitimate concern about whether Mack would go in the late rounds or perhaps go completely un-drafted. That’s changing.
Now, the “deep dive” evaluation is going on all over the league and from draft analysts/pundits, and Mack is getting some props from what they see on tape.
The latest example is NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah and former NFL player/now draft analyst Bucky Brooks:
Marlon Mack Pro Comparison?
— NFL (@NFL) March 19, 2017
In the posting (which included evaluations of other players) Mack impressed Brooks in specific for his running between the tackles and his breakaway game speed.
They conclude that Mack is trending towards being a mid-round pick. That’s good news/improvement on his stock and it’s only mid-March.