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Khalil Mack | Linebacker

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

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Raiders selected OLB Khalil Mack with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Mack (6-foot-2 3/4, 251) was the 2013 MAC Defensive POY, finishing his career with an NCAA-record 16 forced fumbles, and tying Jason Babin's record for tackles for loss (75). He posted 10.5 sacks and three interceptions as a senior. Deemed the draft's top player by analysts Mike Mayock and Merril Hoge, Mack ran 4.65 at the Combine with jaw-dropping vertical (40") and broad (10-foot-8) jumps. Mack draws Von Miller comparisons for his edge-bending ability, violent playing style, and diverse pass-rush repertoire. A particularly proficient bull rusher, Mack should be an immediate double-digit sack threat, even in Oakland. The Raiders suddenly have a lot of pass-rush talent with Mack, Sio Moore, LaMarr Woodley, Justin Tuck, and Antonio Smith up front. Thu, May 8, 2014 08:45:00 PM

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Date:'s Ian Rapoport reports that the Atlanta Falcons could "likely" trade up for Buffalo OLB Khalil Mack if he falls to the No.4 spot.

"We’ve talked about Falcons possibly trading for No. 1. Appears more likely they trade for No. 4 with Browns if Khalil Mack is available," Rapoport tweeted. Trading up to the No.1 spot for Clowney could be too rich for the Falcons blood, but coming away with Mack at No.4 spot, would at least secure them with a pass rusher that they covet.
Thu, May 8, 2014 05:33:00 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock ranked Buffalo OLB Khalil Mack No. 1 in his most recent Top 100 prospect rankings.

Mayock isn't backing off his love of the Bills' edge-rushing terror, and the league as a whole seems to have caught up in recent days, with rumors swirling that Mack could be the No. 1 pick if Houston can't trade down. Mayock's colleague at, Gil Brandt, predicts Mack will be drafted ahead of Jadeveon Clowney. We're less than 48 hours away from finding out in what should be the wildest draft in recent memory. Mayock, by the way, ranks Clowney No. 2.
Tue, May 6, 2014 09:04:00 PM's Gil Brandt predicts Buffalo OLB Khalil Mack will be drafted ahead of Jadeveon Clowney.

Asked by Peter King to predict a storyline that will surprise the public, Brandt said: "I don’t think Teddy Bridgewater falls to the second round. I think Johnny Manziel will go in the top five, but not number one. And I think Khalil Mack gets picked ahead of Jadeveon Clowney." Brandt, a long-time evaluator for the Cowboys, is no mouth piece for Houston's front office nor Mack's representation. The rumors of Mack's ascension to possible top billing have been swirling heavily over the past 24 hours, though GM Rick Smith would prefer to trade down.
Mon, May 5, 2014 07:24:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter said on Friday's SportsCenter that Buffalo OLB Khalil Mack might still be under Houston's consideration for the No. 1 overall pick.

"I do not believe Khalil Mack can be dismissed from the conversation at the No. 1 pick," Schefter said. SI's Peter King reported last month that a "friend" of Houston GM Rick Smith told him Smith prefers Mack to Clowney. Most believe the Texans will select South Carolina edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney, but industry consensus has always stated that Mack is a far better fit for Romeo Crennel's 3-4 scheme.
Fri, May 2, 2014 10:29:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter wrote Thursday that "the sense" is that the Texans will use the No. 1 overall pick on Jadeveon Clowney or Kahlil Mack, or trade down.

By this point, this is accepted logic, though it's interesting that the ace reporter included Mack's name. If the Bills' star has truly impressed Houston's brass, it might potentially affect a rumored trade with the Falcons, because it doesn't seem probable that Mack will slide to Atlanta's slot at No. 6. Instead, the Texans might consider trading with the Jaguars for the No. 3 selection, as ESPN's Todd McShay has suggested. The Rams at No. 2 are expected to pick between an offensive tackle or WR Sammie Watkins. Of course, St. Louis also wants to trade down, and a partner might want Mack before the Texans could hypothetically pounce.
Thu, Apr 24, 2014 08:42:00 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay believes a swap of first-rounders between the Texans and Jaguars "would make sense."'s Gil Brandt believes the Texans will trade the No. 1 selection, and Jacksonville is certainly an intriguing option. The Jaguars lust after a franchise "cornerstone," as McShay mentions, and would get it in South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney. Meanwhile, Houston would move to No. 3 and select a "great player/fit in [Buffalo OLB Khalil] Mack plus [add] ammo to target a quarterback later in the first round." Keep an eye on this situation.
Thu, Apr 24, 2014 01:48:00 AM

The Lions hosted Buffalo edge player Khalil Mack for a pre-draft visit on Tuesday.

Detroit has no chance at the Bulls' star at No. 10, but we know they are interested in trading up. Reports had them targeting Sammy Watkins or Mike Evans, but Mack, whom ESPN's Merril Hoge called the "most dominant football player I've ever seen come out of college," would fill perhaps a more glaring need with part-timer Ashlee Palmer currently penciled into the starting lineup.
Tue, Apr 22, 2014 05:26:00 PM

ESPN's Merril Hoge called Buffalo edge player Khalil Mack the "most dominant football player I've ever seen come out of college."

Hoge said he'd take Mack "in a heartbeat" over South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney. "Regardless of where he plays, he will be an impact player immediately in the NFL," Hoge said after a film session. The analyst could see Mack playing in either a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme, and also believes Mack could shift inside in certain schemes as a pass-rushing inside linebacker.
Mon, Apr 21, 2014 10:03:00 PM

The MMQB's Peter King reports Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell and HC Gus Bradley want a pass rusher "badly."

"Jacksonville is the most logical spot for the loser of the No. 1 pick derby between Clowney and Mack," King writes. This is an interesting statement, since it infers the Rams will not be picking a pass rusher (more obvious), or will not be trading the pick to a team that intends to take a pass rusher (less obvious).
Source: The MMQB
Mon, Apr 21, 2014 11:35:00 AM

The MMQB's Peter King cites a source close to Rick Smith who say the Texans GM prefers Buffalo edge player Khalil Mack over Jadeveon Clowney.

King adds Auburn tackle Greg Robinson is also a possibility at No. 1. Smith could view Mack as a more diverse player in Romeo Crennel's odd front, which would allow for more versatility on defense. "I still think the Texans would go with a more sure thing with the first overall pick than a quarterback," King notes.
Source: The MMQB
Mon, Apr 21, 2014 10:43:00 AM

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.
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 04:30:00 PM

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."
Fri, Apr 18, 2014 05:40:00 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.
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 04:54:00 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.
Mon, Apr 14, 2014 06:06:00 PM