5 Carolina Panthers under-threat who should survive early cuts

(Photo by Ryan M. Kelly/Getty Images) Jordan Mack
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Jordan Mack, Carolina Panthers
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Carolina Panthers Player No. 5: Jordan Mack (LB)

Not being able to compete at the NFL Scouting Combine due to injury hurt Jordan Mack. But he is an exciting prospect that has the capability to impact the game in a three-down capacity.

The former Virginia standout made a successful transition from defensive back to lineback after one season in college. And this proved to be a shrewd move from Mack and his coaching staff.

He instantly took to the position, becoming as formidable tackling presence in running situations. Mack also found a real nous getting to the quarterback consistently. And this sort of versatility is something that is sure to go down a storm with the Carolina Panthers.

Mack is something of a wildcard. But there is nothing to suggest he cannot make a real push for the 53-man roster. The Panthers don’t have much behind Tahir Whitehead and Andre Smith at inside linebacker. So Matt Rhule and Phil Snow might decide to develop the rookie as part of the roster rather than risk him on the practice squad.

The player finished his college career with 289 combined tackles, 122 solo tackles, 14.5 sacks, 24.5 tackles for loss, and six forced fumbles. This represents outstanding production from Mack. And although he might feel threatened by these early cuts. His talent and potential should be enough for a longer chance to shine.

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