With the NFL Scouting Combine just around the corner, it's time to look at some intriguing prospects to keep an eye on in Indianapolis.
First up — Notre Dame tight end Alize Mack.
Mack is a player who will garner a lot of interest from scouts based on his athleticism and the expectations he had coming out of high school. As an athlete, he might be better than anyone outside of Iowa's Noah Fant in the position group. Coming out of high school, he was a 4-star recruit and the top-rated tight end in the country.
Academic issues and subsequent time in his head coach's doghouse cost Mack considerable reps during his collegiate career. When he did play, however, his talent was apparent. He created matchup problems all over the field and gave the Irish a lethal weapon in the passing game.
He had two performances that stood out in his senior season. One came back in September when he caught six balls for 61 yards against Wake Forest. The other was in November against Florida State, where two of his three catches were impressive touchdown grabs that put his athleticism on full display.
Expect Mack to finish at the top of most categories in the tight end position group at the combine. That should be enough to boost his draft stock — so long as he can alleviate any concerns teams have about his off-field issues in the interview portion.
Most scouts have Mack projected to be drafted in the late third or early fourth round. With a solid performance in the workouts and a decent interview, he could rise up the boards and flirt with the second round.
The tight end class is top-heavy but not very deep in 2019. Most of the other top-flight tight ends are complete prospects who have developed into the players they were always going to be.
Mack still has room to grow and he could be very intriguing for any team looking to add an athletic young tight end with tons of upside to its roster.
— Written by J.P. Scott, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. His work has appeared on SI.com, FoxSports.com, Yahoo! SBNation and Bleacher Report. He is a three-time FWAA writing contest award winner. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.