The Browns on Saturday selected Alabama LB Mack Wilson with the No. 155 pick in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Wilson is the Browns' fourth selection in the draft and fourth on the defensive side of the ball, following LSU CB Greedy Williams (No. 46), BYU LB Sione Takitaki (No. 80) and Miami S Sheldrick Redwine (No. 119).
"I feel like I have to prove people wrong but I just want to show that in this draft I was the best linebacker," Wilson said. "There were 31 teams that slipped up on me, and somebody is going to have to feel all the pain that I had built up these past few days."
Take a look at photos of new Browns LB Mack Wilson, the 155th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
An All-SEC second team selection in 2018, Wilson had 71 tackles and two interceptions while starring in the center of the Crimson Tide's vaunted defense. He emerged as a force during Alabama's title run the previous season, earning his first start in the Crimson Tide's National Semifinal win over Clemson and following with 12 tackles, two for a loss, in the Crimson Tide's dramatic National Championship win over Georgia.
"I think he is good in coverage. He plays the run well. He is a good football player, and he loves the game. He loves to compete," Browns coach Freddie Kitchens said. "Those are all attributes that we like and that we try to look for."
A former five-star prospect out of Montgomery, Alabama, Wilson saw the field in all 15 games of his freshman season, starring mostly on special teams. He also appeared on offense occasionally as an H-back.
"Coming in my freshman year, I knew I was going to have some guys in front of me. That shows you my will to just compete and try to get a spot on the team," Wilson said. "I knew all those guys were in front of me, but that wasn't going to stop me from coming to Alabama than try to take the easy route to another school where I know I could possibly start my freshman year. I learned as much as I can from those guys, and I feel like they helped me develop my game to a different level. My junior year, I got a chance to start and I just feel like it was natural because I sat behind all those veterans guys who knew the game and I was able to learn a lot. That was my time to do it. It was second nature to me."