The East-West Shrine Game came and went a week ago and we put a focus on a versatile offensive lineman named Olisaemeka Udoh. Udoh earned himself some bragging rights as a small school prospect but he wasn’t the only one to make a name for himself in the practices. Daylon Mack stood out and earned a call up to the Senior Bowl and continued to make a name for himself. Along with Mack, Rock Ya-Sin and Montez Sweat also made names for themselves in Mobile and all play at positions of need for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Let’s take a peak into the body of work each of these three put in through college and into the Senior Bowl.
First up is Daylon Mack, a nose tackle out of Texas A&M. Mack measured in at 6’1”, weighing 327 lbs as the biggest member of the defensive group this past week. Mack exploded this season thanks to an injury to (at the time) starter Michael Clemons that vaulted him into a starting role. Mack saw career highs in tackles for a loss (10.0) and sacks (5.5) in 2018. Mack dominated the one on one drills at the Shrine Game and continued to shine during Senior Bowl practices. Mack showed he has the power needed to play inside at the next level and batted down a pass during the game. It’ll be interesting to keep an eye on Mack as the combine and draft approach.
Daylon Mack was a wall in run fits, and was able to create momentum in pass rushing 1 on 1s. Impressive day. pic.twitter.com/3GLwcBZvzs— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) January 23, 2019
Next up as a stand out over the past week is corner back Rock Ya-Sin out of Temple. Ya-Sin measured out at 5’11” and 190 lbs. Ya-Sin is a player who excels in press coverage and understands how to work alone on an island in coverage, something that a blitz heavy Todd Bowles would appreciate it as a coordinator. Ya-Sin tallied 47 tackles (2 for a loss) and 2 interceptions as a senior for Temple this past season. Ya-Sin recovers well off the line and has a knack for sticking to his mans hip. Ya-Sin showed off his recovery speed (2nd tweet below) as well as his ability to mirror (1st tweet below). His competitiveness and willingness to follow the opposing teams #1 says all you need to know about the player Rock Ya-Sin is and what he would bring to an NFL defense.
Really nice coverage from Rock Ya-Sin to force a sack. Great footwork to mirror, physical as the receiver breaks inside and stays tight pic.twitter.com/Lxf41d4PcA— Nicholas McGee (@nicholasmcgee24) January 26, 2019
Deebo Samuel re-sets line of scrimmage against Rock Ya-Sin with outside double stutter release.— Matty F. Brown (@mattyfbrown) January 27, 2019
Ya-Sin therefore gets no jam on Samuel from the press alignment.
Ya-Sin shows his ++ traits, flashing a speed turn to recover and a fast break. Great path to knock ball incomplete. pic.twitter.com/U6qVWZ88de
Last up for the Senior Bowl Stand outs is defensive end Montez Sweat. Sweat, unlike the others, has been on NFL teams radars for some time now. Sweat measured in at 6’6” and 252 lbs to go along with an 84” wingspan. Sweat is a perfect candidate to throw into the mix should the team continue to utilize 4 man fronts as he is a terror with his hand in the ground. Sweat tallied 22.5 sacks and 30 tackles for a loss over the last two seasons for Mississippi State. Sweat is a top 20 player when all is said and done in this draft in all likelihood and would be a trade down candidate for the Buccaneers. For a taste of how dominant Sweat can be with his length and explosion look no further than this clip below.
In what was a good week of practices for the trio above, it’s only the tip of the iceberg as these young men continue their journey towards the draft. With the combine, pro days and team visits looming in their future, stay tuned to Bucs Nation for updates and player profiles. Draft season is here folks, buckle up.