TE Alizé Mack drafted by New Orleans Saints in seventh round

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

A Notre Dame tight end has been drafted once again.

The New Orleans Saints selected Alizé Mack in the seventh round with the No. 231 overall pick in the NFL Draft.

Mack’s selection extends an impressive stretch for Irish tight ends going pro. Since 2004, at least one of Notre Dame’s starting tight ends in the season opener has eventually been selected in the NFL Draft. The streak, which started with Anthony Fasano, now includes eight different tight ends.

A career marred by suspensions could have prevented Mack from continuing the streak. But the Saints saw the potential the 6-foot-4, 249-pound Mack has flashed since high school.

Mack signed with Notre Dame as a four-star recruit out of Las Vegas Bishop Gorman. 247Sports slated him as the top tight end in the 2015 class. Rivals ranked him as the No. 4 tight end.

Mack never really turned his potential into production at Notre Dame. An academic suspension forced him to miss his sophomore season in 2016. He was also suspended for the Citrus Bowl at the end of the 2017 season.

Mack showed flashes again in his senior season with 36 catches for 360 yards and three touchdowns. He finished his career with 68 catches for 716 yards and four touchdowns in 35 games played.

Mack becomes the sixth Notre Dame player drafted this year following defensive tackle Jerry Tillery (1st round, Los Angeles Chargers), wide receiver Miles Boykin (3rd, Baltimore Ravens), cornerback Julian Love (4th, New York Giants), linebacker Drue Tranquill (4th, Chargers) and running back Dexter Williams (6th, Green Bay Packers).

Saints Nation I’m so emotional right now...I promise you, you’re going to get everything I got! I’m so thankful for this opportunity!

LETS GOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! #Saints

— Alizé Mack (@AlizeMack97) April 27, 2019

The @Saints are getting a powerful player in @AlizeMack97. Congratulations, Alize! #SaintsDraft#GraduatingChampionspic.twitter.com/Loqv66E2QX

— Brian Kelly (@CoachBrianKelly) April 27, 2019

Excited for Alizè and this special opportunity with the @Saints.

Looking forwards to watching you on Sunday's, @AlizeMack97.

— Chip Long (@CoachChipLong) April 27, 2019

With the 231st pick in the 7th round, the #Saints select TE Alizé Mack from Notre Dame! #SaintsDraftpic.twitter.com/9AxPKYnNNJ

— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) April 27, 2019

The New Orleans Saints selected former Notre Dame tight end Alizé Mack in the seventh round of the 2019 NFL Draft.