Cleveland Browns training camp has officially concluded, and the regular season is nearly upon us. The local media of Cleveland have crowned fifth-round linebacker Mack Wilson this year’s top rookie in training camp.
It is truly a shame that Alabama product Mack Wilson fell to the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Or, rather, it’s a shame for 31 of the NFL’s 32 teams. For the 32nd, however, Wilson’s draft slide is cause for the heist of the draft. That team, of course, the Cleveland Browns. The conductor of said heist? One John Dorsey.
Wilson flashed in a big way during his first preseason game, recording two interceptions against the Washington Redskins. Wilson would return one of those picks for a 40-yard touchdown, stiff arm-ing opposing quarterback Dwayne Haskins on his way to the endzone.
Although his second preseason game was far less eventful, Wilson showed himself to be a great depth piece at linebacker, and a probable starter in the future.
Training camp provided Wilson the opportunity to prove the Browns right by taking a chance on him. Pre-draft concerns about mobility and lateral quickness have become praise for having a nose for the ball and being in the right place at the right time.
Wilson’s playmaking ability has given Browns fans hope for a truly great linebacker. The local media of the Cleveland area have awarded him with the Maurice Bassett award, for training camp’s best rookie performance.
In a Browns rookie class headlined by LSU cornerback Greedy Williams, Wilson has found himself firmly in the mix for steal of the draft. Dorsey prides himself on finding overlooked talents in the middle rounds of the draft and crafting them to suit his team’s needs.
Last year, he found an impressive edge rusher in Genard Avery in the fifth round. This season, Wilson looks to be Dorsey and Co.’s latest coup on the NFL.