The New Orleans Saints, with the first of two selections in the 7th round, used the 231st overall pick to draft Notre Dame tight end Alize Mack. The Saints had major deficiencies at the position last season, and were expected by most to grab one in what is a deep crop.
Mack was one of the nation's highest recruited prep players coming out of high school, but his production never lived up to the hype with the Fighting Irish. Mack had 32 receptions for 356 yards and a touchdown during his first two years at Notre Dame, missing the '16 season due to academic reasons. Last year, he broke through a bit with 36 catches for 360 yards and 3 scores.
Mack is a big target that can get down the seam quickly, but must greatly refine his route running to be effective at the next level. He has a long catch radius and can be a mismatch for most safeties, using his body well in the middle. Consistent effort and production has been a big knock on him throughout his collegiate career, but Mack has the ideal measurables and natural skillset ideal for an NFL tight end. He will have the opportunity to learn and develop behind free agent acquisition Jared Cook at the position, making this a low risk/high reward pick for New Orleans.
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