Chad, you know I'm an admirer of yours....
But this post doesn't resonate with me.
All 31 teams would like to have a RB that develops into Ezekial Ellliott. But it rarely happens.
And I personally have no desire --- none --- to try and turn Marlon Mack into something he's not. He's a thoroughbred, not a plow horse. He's a Porsche, not a pick-up truck.
I want Mack to be Mack. Fast, quick, elusive, athletic, makes people miss, especially in space. I don't want to turn him into Frank Gore. His game is not as much between the tackles. He needs to operate in more space.
I think this is Gore's last year with the team. So, I'd like to invest in a 2nd RB to be the Thunder to Mack's lightning. Maybe it turns out to be Jones? Maybe it's a free agent? Perhaps it's a draft pick? But I don't see Mack as the everydown back of our future. I see him as a great complimentary back. A great number 2. I know he was the lead guy in college, but I don't think his skill-set makes him an ideal #1 in the NFL.
Just my two cents, and often not worth that much!