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Mack Wilson impresses in Cleveland's preseason victory against Washington

By Gordon McGuinness
Aug 9, 2019

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It was the type of performance that makes you question why he fell all the way to the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, with former Alabama linebacker Mack Wilson producing arguably the top performance of any defensive player in the Cleveland Browns‘ preseason win over the Washington Redskins. Stealing the show with two interceptions, one that he ran back for a score, the 155th overall selection in the draft showed out with some athletic plays in coverage and didn’t really put a foot wrong all game.

A former five-star recruit, Wilson went to Alabama with high expectations, but despite some highlight-reel plays, he never quite lived up to the hype. He didn’t play poorly, with overall grades between 70.0 and 72.0 in each season he played with the Crimson Tide, but there just wasn’t the dominance that his flashes made him look capable of. He’s been getting rave reviews out of training camp though, with praise for making plays in coverage.

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