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Khalil Mack | Linebacker

Team: Buffalo Bulls
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 244

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ESPN Ravens' blogger Vaughn McClure reports that Buffalo edge player Khalil Mack will visit the Atlanta Falcons next week.
The Falcons, who own the sixth pick, are making sure they do their homework on all the top 5 prospects in case the draft happens to work out in their favor. While its been rumored that the Falcons would be interested in trading up for Jadeveon Clowneys services, Atlanta must make sure they at least come out with a pass rusher or an elite tackle, if Clowney is off the board. The 6-foot-3, 251-pound Mack would be the perfect consolation prize if he fell in their laps at No.6. Apr 19 - 4:30 PM

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NFL Media analyst Charles Davis sees Buffalo's Khalil Mack as a better fit for the Houston Texans than South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney.

Mack will visit Houston next week. "Yes, he is a better fit," Davis said. "If you take a Jadeveon Clowney and are thinking about making him that hybrid outside linebacker, in addition to rushing the passer that he does so well, you're taking away some of his gifts. That's not what he does best." Davis stresses that he doesn't believe the Texans will take Mack, merely that he's a better schematic fit. "With the dropping responsibilities, I think I'd give an edge to Khalil Mack," fellow analyst Daniel Jeremiah said. "But when you talk about a better overall football player, it's Jadeveon Clowney. Today most teams are flexible in their scheme and will find a way to make it work. Pick Jadeveon Clowney going forward."
Apr 18 - 5:40 PM

Appearing Tuesday on "Schein on Sports" with NFL Media's Adam Schein, Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said that Buffalo edge player Khalil Mack is "one of those guys you feel like that's going to play for a long time."

"He's one of those guys you feel like that's going to play for a long time; just extremely talented," Bradley said. "And I think if you're a 3-4 team, you look at him and you say, 'God, the guy can rush. He can drop.' There's so many different positions that you can put him in. ... I know that each team probably looks and says, 'We have a place for him, and he would fit in very nicely." Gus Bradley has to be impressed with Mack's versatility off the edge since it's a perfect fit for what Bradley valued in his days with Seattle. Mack could be the ultimate movable chess piece in Bradley's defense for years to come.
Apr 17 - 4:54 PM

Buffalo edge player Khalil Mack will visit Houston next week, and's Ian Rapoport writes that the Texans "are looking at all options at No. 1."

Houston isn't getting caught up the swirl of the process, and they also haven't cosigned their future to one position. That Mack is still under consideration should be considered a positive, in that the organization will perform due diligence on every elite prospect. Mack is certainly that, though he's a heavy underdog to pull the upset and go No. 1.
Apr 14 - 6:06 PM

Buffalo edge player Khalil Mack will not make it past pick No. 3, a source told Fox Sports' Peter Schrager.

Schrager did not specifically point to the Jaguars at No. 3, but it is a solid bet Jacksonville is choosing between Sammy Watkins or Mack. The reality is, no decision has been made at this time. Teams will meet in a couple of weeks to put a final grade on prospects and set the board accordingly.
Apr 11 - 11:04 AM

Buffalo LB Khalil Mack, Auburn OT Greg Robinson and Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel will all visit the Jaguars over the next few days, reports's Ian Rapoport.

In addition, we already know that Derek Carr is headed to Jacksonville on Wednesday. Owners of the No. 3 pick, as well as a Swiss cheese roster, the Jaguars could go in any number of directions over the course of May's draft. They're doing their homework and will be prepared.
Apr 8 - 6:08 PM

Buffalo edge player Khalil Mack worked out for the Falcons on Wednesday.

If Atlanta is unable to secure a trade up for South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney, Mack would make for a nice consolation prize at No. 6. Mack is no lock to be there, of course, but GM Thomas Dimitroff is in an enviable spot: With no QB need forcing his hand, Atlanta can simply take the best prospect available. Whether he chooses to stay at 6 or trade up for Clowney, an elite prospect is sure to call The ATL home next fall.
Apr 2 - 8:45 PM

Draft insider Tony Pauline gives nine OLBs solid top-three round grades.

The analyst's rankings, published Monday, have usual suspects Anthony Barr and Khalil Mack as solid first-rounders, followed by Ohio State's Ryan Shazier (1-2), BYU's Kyle Van Noy (2) and Louisville's Marcus Smith (2-3). The analyst gives third round grades to Demarcus Lawrence (Boise State), Carl Bradford (Arizona State), Chris Smith (Arkansas) and Telvin Smith (Florida State).
Apr 1 - 9:35 PM

The MMQB's Peter King pointed to the Browns, Lions, Rams, Ravens and Jets as teams who could move around in the draft.

One mention that stood out was the Ravens, with King writing "Ozzie Newsome always has the trade market pegged well, and he could move up if there’s a player of his dreams (Anthony Barr? Khalil Mack?) hanging around low in the top 10." Ozzie is so good at acquiring compensatory selections by playing free agency, which could give him some leeway to move around for a specific prospect.
Source: The MMQB
Mar 31 - 11:33 AM

If the Browns selected Buffalo edge player Khalil Mack, head coach Mike Pettine said he'd move him around schematically similarly to how Mario Williams was deployed last year.

"What we did with Mario in Buffalo, he didn't line as up as the left defensive end all the time," said Pettine. "He was on the left, he was on the right, he was standing up, he was inside as the three, he was on the nose sometimes. We actually stood him up a couple times, so I think when you have a special guy like that, his home base will be outside, but we'll look to move him all around to take advantage of his ability." Pettine's formations helped Williams finish fourth in the NFL with 13 sacks in 2013. The Browns' coach is impressed with Mack's athleticism: "He's a guy that tested extremely well, but he's not a tester. He's not a combine warrior. He's a guy that the tape backs it up. He can play on the ball, he can play off the ball, he plays violently and he's played some of his better games against better competition."
Mar 29 - 4:57 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah prefers Buffalo's Khalil Mack to UCLA's Anthony Barr due to the former's advantages in versatility and playing violence.

"I think Khalil Mack is just more of a violent football player," Jeremiah said. "He's got more shock in his hands. And we talk about versatility, Khalil Mack has that interception production. I've seen him drop in zones, I've seen his instincts in coverage. I don't worry about him there." Jeremiah isn't fazed by Mack's strength of competition in college due to his 9.5 tackle, 2.5 sack and an interception performance against Ohio State last year. The writer has some reservations about Barr. "With Anthony Barr, I love him more on the backside of plays," Jeremiah said. "Let him run and chase. You see that speed, you see that burst. ... I like him more as a blitzer than a rusher. ... But on the front side of blocks, I don't see a real strong, stout guy."
Mar 22 - 6:50 PM

Buffalo edge player Khalil Mack was compared by a computer projection to A.J. Hawk, Sean Weatherspoon and Aaron Curry in writer Bucky Brooks' "Man vs. Machine" series.

Mack left little doubt about his ability to jump from the MAC to the NFL by finishing his collegiate career as the NCAA's all-time leader in forced fumbles and tackles for loss. "I've likened Mack to Pro Bowl LB Ahmad Brooks because of his explosive strength and power at the point of attack," wrote Brooks. "He bulldozes opponents at the line on the way to corralling quarterbacks or ball carriers in the backfield. I don't believe Mack will consistently win with power as a pro, which is why I have concerns about his ability to thrive as a No. 1 rusher for a defense. I see him as a complementary playmaker on the opposite side of a dominant rusher in a 3-4 set." Brooks pointed out that all three comparisons offered by his computer are 'complementary' NFL players, as opposed to superstars. "He might be ideally suited," wrote Brooks, "to play the role of Robin instead of Batman for an elite defense."
Mar 17 - 9:43 PM

Buffalo edge player Khalil Mack is no lock to be drafted in the top-five picks, writes's Charles Davis.

Mack slots No. 1 to the Texans in draft expert Mel Kiper's most recent mock draft, and he's one of the draft's highest-rising prospects at the moment, but Davis correctly points out that there's plenty of time left to go until May's draft. "Anthony Barr was supposed to be the No. 1 outside linebacker available, but the consensus is Mack has surpassed him," wrote Davis. "Before it's all said and done, though, I think Barr, who apparently was very impressive at his pro day this week, gets back into his conversation because it's the nature of the process. It's a rollercoaster, and the ride hasn't stopped for Barr or Mack."
Mar 16 - 6:16 PM

Buffalo edge player Khalil Mack slotted No. 1 to the Texans in Mel Kiper's most recent mock draft.

Most analysts have ticketed either a QB or Jadeveon Clowney to Houston with the top pick, but's Kiper points out that the Texans are similar to the Chiefs last season in that they're picking at No. 1 as a playoff-hopeful team. Because of that, they have more freedom than most to simply choose the player they feel is best, regardless of position or popularity. If they decide to go off script, Mack is a strong choice. "Mack is a fit in most systems, but he'd excel in this system as a pass-rusher and a player who can back up and make plays in space and to the edges," wrote Kiper. "Houston hasn't been active in free agency, but Mack can fill a role and be a key contributor early for a team that can start winning again."
Mar 16 - 1:20 PM's Charles Davis believes it is a myth that Buffalo edge player Khalil Mack is a lock to be a top five draft pick.

"Anthony Barr was supposed to be the No. 1 outside linebacker available, but the consensus is Mack has surpassed him," Davis writes. "...I think Barr, who apparently was very impressive at his pro day this week, gets back into his conversation." Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Mack as the No. 3 overall prospect, while Anthony Barr is slotted as a fringe top-20 talent.
Mar 14 - 11:19 AM