Baltimore is keeping with tradition. The Ravens have drafted at least one defensive lineman in every draft since 2009. With the 160th overall pick, they kept the streak alive by drafting an SEC defensive tackle. No, it’s not an Alabama alumnus as you might think, it is Daylon Mack of Texas A&M.
You heard me right. The Ravens are one pick away from not drafting a single Alabama player in 2019. This is how you can tell Ozzie Newsome is no longer in command.
But back to Mack, the first thing you need to know about him is that he is big. Scratch that, he is huge. Mack is 6’1″ tall, 336 lbs heavy. The big man’s weight is not just bulk either. He is extremely strong. He posted 30 bench press reps of 225 lbs at the NFL Combine. Oh, and he also pushed a truck half-a-mile once, no big deal.
Daylon Mack was one of the highest graded recruits coming out of high school, but when he got to Texas A&M, he underwhelmed expectations. It was not until his senior year when Mack finally caught fire. In 2018, Mack recorded 32 total tackles, 10 for a loss, and 5.5 sacks. The Ravens may benefit from the late bloomer. If Mack continues to develop, he could become one of the steals of the draft.
Daylon Mack is only the third defensive player to be drafted by Baltimore this year. The Ravens picked Louisana Tech edge rusher, Jaylon Ferguson, in the third round, and USC cornerback, Iman Marshall, in the fourth round. Baltimore believes that the defense is already deep enough to be competitive, but that these three players will be enough to ensure the future of the unit. Ferguson may be a starter early in his career, but Marshall and Mack will likely be backups and rotational players to start their careers.