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2019 NFL Draft: Cleveland Browns pick LB Mack Wilson at No. 155

Cleveland gets a linebacker in the fifth round who was projected to go in the second round.

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl - Alabama v Oklahoma Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

With the 155th pick of the 2019 NFL Draft in the fifth round, the Cleveland Browns selected LB Mack Wilson (6-1, 240 lbs, Alabama).

Scouting Reports

Here is a scouting report from CBS Sports’ Dane Brugler, who projected him to be a 2nd-round pick, and was his 54th-ranked player in the entire draft. He was also the 32nd-ranked player on our community big board.

A one-year starter at Alabama, Wilson took over as the full-time MIKE linebacker in Nick Saban’s 3-4 scheme as a junior and produced mixed results. He was pegged early on as the next first-round linebacker in the Alabama pipeline, but his development appeared stagnant throughout the 2018 season, not taking the expected steps in his growth as a player. Wilson is a good-sized athlete with the fluid movements, field range and ball awareness to make plays against the pass and the run. However, he needs to become more refined to be a reliable playmaker, projecting similarly to an inconsistent version of Colts’ linebacker Darius Leonard. Overall, Wilson’s wild play, undisciplined approach and lack of anticipation are holding him back, but he is an impressive size/speed/strength athlete with the versatile skill-set to develop into a true three-down NFL player.

How He Fits the Browns

The Browns continue their defensive-heavy approach to the draft. What’s funny is that they took LB Sione Takitaki yesterday, who was thought to be a sixth-rounder. They take Mack Wilson today, who was thought to be a 2nd-rounder. Flip those selections, and fans care much less about “where” they were drafted.

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