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Colts' Marlon Mack: Makes positive first impression with head coach
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mack has made a positive impression on head coach Chuck Pagano thus far into OTAs, Kirk Larrabee of 247 Sports reports. "He's a quick learner, quick study. He's picking up things extremely fast. He's got good hands. He's good vision, he's got a nice jump cut. He's explosive, he can burst, good in traffic, and he's learning the protection part of it," Pagano said.

Mack is a big-play running back who set the all-time rushing record at South Florida in just three seasons, averaging 1,203 yards per year at 6.12 yards per carry. The Colts picked him in the fourth round to add depth to a thin backfield that features only the 34-year-old Frank Gore, career backup Robert Turbin and undrafted second-year player Josh Ferguson. While it will be very difficult for Mack to unseat Gore ahead of Week 1, he likely has a legitimate shot to wrestle the No. 2 role from Turbin (while Ferguson focuses on his role as the team's primary kick returner), especially if he can prove himself in pass protection.

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Colts' Marlon Mack: Picked by Colts
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Colts selected Mack in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 143rd overall.

This could get interesting. The Colts are very thin in the backfield, where Frank Gore, Robert Turbin and Josh Ferguson may form the league's worst top three. Mack (5-foot-11, 213 pounds) is an explosive runner who enjoyed extreme success at South Florida, running for 3,609 yards (6.2 YPC) and 32 touchdowns in 36 games. The South Florida system opened generous running lanes and Mack didn't have to interpret much, so he may need some refining before fitting into an NFL-style offense. But if he does, his 4.5 speed should earn him reps in a backfield that just doesn't have any good competition.

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