The Indianapolis Colts today got another one of their 2017 draft picks under contract, as they officially signed fourth round running back Marlon Mack.
According to our own Andrew Aziz, Mack’s contract is expected to be a four-year deal worth $2,758,701 with a $301,848 signing bonus and a cap hit of $549,784 in 2017.
Mack becomes the fifth of the Colts’ picks to sign with them, joining Quincy Wilson, Zach Banner, Nate Hairston, and Anthony Walker. The only remaining unsigned picks are Malik Hooker, Tarell Basham, and Grover Stewart, though there isn’t much concern about those situations. The rookie wage scale under the new CBA makes it so that there isn’t a ton of disagreement or debate anymore in negotiations of rookie contracts, which makes it easier to get done and limits the length of any delay in signing.
The Colts selected Mack in the fourth round out of South Florida, where he had a good collegiate career and was a very explosive back. He rushed for 1,000+ yards in all three of his seasons at South Florida, compiling 3,609 yards and 32 yards rushing while averaging 6.2 yards per carry. With the Colts, he could find himself as a change-of-pace back early on as he splits time in the backfield with Frank Gore and Robert Turbin. Gore will likely be the starter while Turbin will likely be the short yardage and goal line back, while that leaves Mack as the likely change of pace guy and potential third down threat. He can break off a home run from pretty much anywhere, and his explosive playmaking ability could be a significant boost to the Colts’ offense.