Round 4 – Pick 111
Alize Mack, TE, Notre Dame
Like with the defensive end and corner positoin, the Lions free agency signings should not slow down their likelihood to draft a tight end. Jesse James, coming over from Pittsburgh, is a solid option at tight end but may be best served as part of a rotation like with the Steelers. It is easy to forget that Vance McDonald beat James out on plenty of occasions. Both had a role in the offense. James role is set to expand with his new team but the Lions should dip into this extremely deep tight end class in the middle rounds to provide him with help.
Notre Dame’s Alize Mack is an intriguing option from this talented group. Off the field trouble has kept his progression down while with the Irish. This last season he was healthy and on the field and showed plenty of potential. Mack’s an athletic seam stretching tight end who profiles as a match-up nightmare for opposing defenses.
Mack will need to work on his route running if he ever is going to overtake James as the team’s starting option. As it stands he would make a great piece to add to the unit that alrady features James and former 2017 fourth round pick Michael Roberts. Detroit is going away from their pass happy ways which means more tight ends and Mack would be a welcomed addition. Given time he has the traits of an NFL starter at the position.