Alize Mack is one of the shortest, smallest handed tight ends participating in the NFL Combine this week.
The former Notre Dame Fighting Irish standout came in at 6-foot-4, which makes him the sixth shortest of 21 tight ends who were measured Thursday in Indianapolis. His 9 3/8 inch hands were also tied for second smallest.
The Las Vegas product did have the fourth-longest arms, however, at 33 3⁄4 inches. His wingspan — at 80 1/8 inches — was also tied for sixth longest.
The tallest tight end at the NFL Combine is Zach Gentry of the Michigan Wolverines, who is 6-foot-8 1/8. The shortest end is Irv Smith Jr. of the Alabama Crimson Tide at 6-foot-2, 3/8. Smith is the son of Irv Smith, a 6-foot-3 tight end who played from 1989 to 1992 for Notre Dame.
San Jose State Spartans’ Josh Oliver has the biggest hands — 10 3⁄4 inches, while the Kentucky Wildcats’ C.J. Conrad has the smallest mitts — 9 1⁄4 inches. Wesco has the longest arms at 34 3⁄4 inches, while Conrad is the relative Tyrannosaurus Rex of the group: 31 inch arms.
Keenan Brown of the Texas State Bobcats has the largest wingspan — 82 3⁄4 inches, while Conrad — poor Conrad! — has the shortest at 74 1/8 inches.
Tight End Measurements at NFL Combine, 2019
|Alize Mack||Notre Dame||TE||76.000||249||9.375||33.750||80.125|
|Josh Oliver||San Jose St.||TE||76.625||249||10.750||33.500||78.875|
|Dax Raymond||Utah State||TE||76.750||255||10.250||32.625||77.875|
|Jace Sternberger||Texas A&M||TE||76.000||251||9.750||32.125||77.250|
|Tommy Sweeney||Boston College||TE||76.500||251||9.750||32.750||78.375|
|Kahale Warring||San Diego St.||TE||77.125||252||9.750||32.750||77.000|
|Trevon Wesco||West Virginia||TE||75.500||267||9.500||34.750||81.500|
|Keenan Brown||Texas State||TE||74.500||250||9.875||34.500||82.750|
HOW MACK COMPARES TO PAST NOTRE DAME ENDS
The Irish have had 12 tight ends participate in the NFL Combine since 2001. Mack is the same height as Dan O’Leary, a sixth round pick in 2001; Jerome Collins, a fifth round pick in 2005; and Anthony Fasano, a second round pick in 2006.
He’s approximately the same weight as Tyler Eifert (250 pounds, a first round pick in 2013); John Carlson (251 pounds, a second round pick in 2008) and Durham Smythe (253 pounds, a fourth round pick last year).
Mack has bigger hands than Smythe and Eifert, but pales in comparison to Troy Niklas (10 inch hands, second round pick in 2014) and both Ben Koyack and Kyle Rudolph, who had 10 3⁄4 inch hands. Koyack was a seventh round pick in 2015, while Rudolph went in the second round in 2011.
Mack’s arms are longest than Eifert’s, but just shy of Rudolph’s and Niklas’.
Offensive linemen and running backs are doing their bench press today at the Combine. Alex Bars and Dexter Williams, Mack’s former teammates, may participate.
Miles Boykin will be measured this morning as part of the wide receiver group and then he and Mack will be invited to participate in the bench press on Friday.