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Analyzing the Browns rookies: LB Mack Wilson

We can read all of the draft magazines and in-depth breakdowns we want, and while some are truly fantastic (looking at yours, Dane Brugler), we still won't know a whole lot about the Browns' newest draft class until they take the field in Berea.

In order to pass the time, why not read another breakdown?

I had a chance to watch some cut-ups of Cleveland's draft class this week and took some brief notes. We'll roll these out with one or two per day this week. Next up, Alabama linebacker Mack Wilson.


Name: Mack Wilson

Position: Linebacker

Age: 21

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 240 lbs

Hometown: Montgomery, Alabama

College: Alabama

Round selected: Fifth (155th overall)

Take a look at photos of new Browns LB Mack Wilson, the 155th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Andrew Gribble

Senior Staff Writer

THE TAPE: Although his film wasn't unusually impressive, Wilson is another defender who's fluid and has good instincts. He's physical, takes on and sheds blocks very well and is the type of presence a team should want in the box at middle linebacker. He has the lateral agility to track down running backs and limit gains, and also drop back in coverage. He sees himself as the best linebacker in the draft, even if he went in the fifth round. We'll see how he stacks these skills up in an effort to be a contributor at the pro level.

THE FIELD: Wilson and Sione Takitaki spent rookie minicamp learning and applying it, doing a good job of it while also battling through the limitations of a non-padded environment. There were no great run stuffs or big hits, because this wasn't a hitting session. For physical types like those two, that setup keeps a lot of what makes them effective under wraps. He's another one to watch once the pads come on.

THE FIT: Like much of this class, Wilson won't be counted on to make an immediate impact. That will give him time to acclimate and find his fit within Steve Wilks' defense, which is sure to use him at some point, as the coordinator has a history of using a variety of linebackers and a lot of sub packages. The Browns are in much better shape at the position than they were three weeks ago, thanks in part to the addition of Wilson.