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Former Tide LB Mack Wilson secures deal with Cleveland Browns

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The native son of Montgomery, Ala., has made his mother proud. 

It was not the ideal situation for Lyndell “Mack” Wilson; however, the former University of Alabama linebacker had made it to the National Football League.

He was selected in the fifth round (No. 155 overall) of this year’s NFL Draft to the Cleveland Browns and becomes the second Crimson Tide product to sign a four-year agreement with his new team.  

According to Spotrac.com, a site that dives into the contracts of NFL players, Wilson’s deal was worth $2.83 million with $307,622 guaranteed. The former five-star pockets a $307,622 signing bonus and starts with a base salary of $495,000 – upon the start of the 2019 NFL season. 

After assisting Alabama to a College Football Playoff National Championship in 2017, Wilson recorded 71 tackles, five tackles for loss, seven quarterback pressures, five pass breakups and two interceptions last season.

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At 6-foot-1 and 240 pounds, he fits what the league wants in a linebacker with lateral quickness and high ball skills.

He posted six picks throughout his career and made a name for himself as a hard hitter. With a lot of excitement going on offensively for the Browns, drafting Wilson should give its defense a shot to be productive in the AFC North. 

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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