Marlon Mack: Pure Electricity in Space

by Hasan Rahim ·

Height: 5-11
Weight: 213
Age: 21.1
40-Yard Dash: 4.50 (74th-percentile)
Speed Score: 103.9 (72nd-percentile)
Burst Score: 122.9 (71st-percentile
Breakout Age: 18.5 (96th-percentile)
Bench: 15 reps (10th-percentile)

Since declaring for the NFL Draft in early January, Marlon Mack has shot up draft boards amongst NFL personnel and dynasty drafters. Initially committed to UCLA, a late visit to USF got Mack to flip his commitment. Mack leaves USF as the school’s all-time leading rusher with 3,609 yards. During his time at USF, Mack showcased an all-purpose skill set posting 4,107 yards from scrimmage and 33 touchdowns.

As a true freshman, Marlon Mack led the ACC in yards from scrimmage (1,201 total scrimmage yards on 5.4 yards per carry). Over the next two seasons, Mack split carries in the backfield with dangerous dual-threat QB Quinton Flowers, who capped his total touches. Despite sharing a backfield with a similarly gifted playmaker, Mack posted a 29.8-percent College Dominator Rating (60th-percentile) and a precocious 18.5 Breakout Age (96th-percentile).

Marlon Mack Advanced Stats & Metrics Profile

Marlon Mack was one of the big winners post NFL Combine. His 4.50 40-yard dash (74th-percentile), 103.9 Speed Score (72nd-percentile), and 122.9 Burst Score (71st-percentile) indicated that he was one of the most athletic running backs in the 2017 NFL Draft. Using information from PlayerProfiler to put his numbers into a historical context, Mack’s combine performance is in line with Marshawn Lynch‘s and Melvin Gordon‘s.

Marlon Mack‘s speed and burst help him make up for his below-average ability to run between the tackles. During the 2016 season, 6 of Mack’s 15 touchdowns came on plays where he gained 43+ yards. His above-average athleticism and receiving ability — Mack caught 65 balls for 498 yards, good for 7.7 yards per catch while at USF — will help him assume a satellite back role as a rookie.

Marlon Mack projects as a third-down pass catching specialist in the same vein of Duke Johnson or C.J. Prosise. While he may lack the level of college dominance we like to see from our bell-cow running backs, Mack has the size and skill set to flourish if given the opportunity. He’s currently being drafted after several low ceiling running backs and is one of the best values in the later rounds of your rookie draft.