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Marlon Mack's stock surging as USF pro day arrives

Recent mock drafts have USF tailback Marlon Mack being picked in the early rounds.

OCTAVIO JONES | Times

Recent mock drafts have USF tailback Marlon Mack being picked in the early rounds.

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Roughly six weeks before the NFL Draft commences on the same Philadelphia steps Rocky Balboa immortalized, it has become clear Marlon Mack will be one guy who won't go the distance.

To the contrary, USF's all-time rusher could be gone by the early rounds.

If the March projections are any sign, Mack -- a three-time 1,000-yard rusher -- will become the program's highest NFL draft pick since Kayvon Webster (third round) in 2013.

In his latest mock draft, Draft Wire editor Luke Easterling projects Mack -- who participates in the Bulls' on-campus pro day Tuesday -- to be taken by the Colts in the third round (80th overall pick). WalterFootball.com projects Mack to go to the Giants in the second round (55th overall).

Mack is coming off a solid effort at the NFL Combine, where he was joined by Bulls WR Rodney Adams (who also will participate at USF's pro day). Mack logged a 4.5-second 40-yard dash, a 35 1/2-inch vertical leap, and did 15 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.

"Looks like he has ball bearings in his hips," NFL.com's Lance Zierlein said in his analysis of Mack. "Able to swivel in multiple directions. Can tilt and slalom around defenders on the second and third level and is able to string moves together."

Mack and Adams will be joined by 16 other former Bulls at USF's pro day. The event is open only to media and invited guests.

The draft is set for April 27-29 in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

USF pro day participants
WR Rodney Adams  
WR Austin Aikens  
OL Kofi Amichia  
DT Daniel Awoleke   
PK Brandon Behr 
QB Steven Bench
DB Jamie Byrd 
P Mattias Ciabatti              
DB Nate Godwin   
DT James Hamilton            
LB Nigel Harris                
RB Marlon Mack             
LS Dylan Rutledge          
LS Alex Salvato               
DB Shannon Smith           
DB Jalen Spencer             
OL Dominique Threatt    
DB Johnny Ward

[Last modified: Monday, March 20, 2017 10:23am]

    

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