Lions sign 2019 Saints draft pick Alize Mack

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John Sigler
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One former New Orleans Saints draft pick has been picked up by a new squad. Tight end Alize Mack signed a reserve/future contract with the Detroit Lions, the team announced Thursday. He’ll be reuniting with his former position coach Dan Campbell, now the first-year Lions head coach.

“I think the kid’s got a little bit of a chip on his shoulder in a good way,” Campbell said after the draft. “I think he probably felt like he should’ve gone higher. But I don’t feel like there’s somebody that came in that’s pouting or anything like that. I think he came in and had to go to work.”

A physical prototype at 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds with a 4.7-second time in the 40-yard dash, Mack was once the No. 1 tight end recruit in the nation before committing to Notre Dame. But he never really settled into a featured role in the Fighting Irish offense before entering the 2019 NFL draft. He was a last-minute pick by the Saints at No. 231 overall, and spent a few weeks on their practice squad before being waived early in the regular season.

Mack then bounced around a few different teams, logging time with the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers. Now he has an opportunity in a new city with one of the coaches that drafted him. Maybe things will go better this time around.