I'm not saying Mack isn't a prospect; I am saying that this statement means almost nothing, unless you tell me you seen extensive tape of him besides last weekend's game (and one or two others).
I don't have a problem with the small school LBers. see London Fletcher for one. Maybe he'll be a target in rounds two - three (compensatory). I just don't see the Steelers risking a first on a small school guy. You know how tomlin likes his "level of competition" criteria for a draft pick.
Seem to recall the Steelers drafting one of the greatest LBs to ever play the game from a small school way back when in the 2nd round. The professionals had this to say about him: "too small to be a pro football linebacker". The guy went on to 9 straight Pro Bowls and the Hall of Fame.
1.22) Dante Fowler, OLB, UF
2.56) PJ Williams, CB, FSU
3.87) Ben Koyack, TE, ND
4.120) Kurtis Drummond, FS, MSU
5.152) David Johnson, RB, North Iowa
6.183) Sean Mannion, QB, Oregon St.
7.214) Lynden Trail, OLB, Norfolk St.
"Before you can win a game, you have to not lose it." -- Chuck Noll
Mack would not grade out higher than JJ
1) Jordan Phillips-DT-Oklahoma
2) Alex Carter-CB-Stanford
3) Geneo Grissom-OLB-Oklahoma
4) Kevin White-CB-TCU
5) Justin Coleman-CB-Tennessee
6) Blake Bell-TE-Oklahoma
7) Spencer Roth-P-Baylor