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Khalil Mack | Linebacker | #52

Team: Oakland Raiders
Age / DOB:  (25) / 2/22/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 250
College: Buffalo
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (5) / OAK
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Khalil Mack said the Raiders' defense can be as good as the Broncos.
"If you look at that Broncos defense, they’re one of the best defenses in NFL history last year. They did a lot to make the quarterback uncomfortable," Mack said. "We can do those types of things and still put our own little twist on it. We can be that good." The Raiders brought in Bruce Irvin, Sean Smith and Reggie Nelson in free agency before spending a first-rounder on Karl Joseph, a second-rounder on Jihad Ward and a third-rounder on Shilique Calhoun. Oakland still could use some help at inside linebacker, but they have the potential to be among the best defenses in the league. May 16 - 10:53 AM

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Raiders OLB Khalil Mack has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 14.

Like the choice in the NFC with Rams DT Aaron Donald, this was another slam-dunk winner. Mack abused the Broncos' offensive line for five sacks and a forced fumble in the Raiders' upset road win over the Broncos. Mack is the NFL's sack leader with 14 and by far PFF's No. 1-ranked 3-4 'backer.
Wed, Dec 16, 2015 10:27:00 AM

Khalil Mack recorded five sacks and forced a fumble in a dominating performance Week 14 against the Broncos.

Mack was a monster all day and basically sealed the win with a sack to force the Broncos into third-and-long on their final drive. He also forced a safety with a strip-sack at the goal line. Mack generated plenty of pressure his rookie year but was not converting sacks. That has changed in his sophomore campaign. He now has nine takedowns in his last three games and leads the league with 14 total on the season. Only 24, Mack's ceiling is as high as any defensive player in the league.
Mon, Dec 14, 2015 09:38:00 AM

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said OLB Khalil Mack is developing as a pass rusher.

"He is developing his skill level as a pass-rusher," Del Rio said. "Last year, he gave great effort and came close a lot. I really feel like he’s learning how to finish some of the nuances of being a pass-rusher and a lot of it has to do with the technique and the ability to finish, go from a pressure to a sack." Mack has two sacks in each of the last two games and nine total this season. He has been a defensive force all year and is on his way to being one of the best defensive players in the league.
Source: ESPN
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 10:34:00 AM

Khalil Mack has been practicing "a ton" at defensive end in new coach Jack Del Rio's scheme.

Per beat writer Scott Bair, Mack has worked at end "in the base defense, sub packages, and even during individual drills." Mack primarily aligned at Sam linebacker as a rookie, finishing third in Defensive ROY voting. A Rotoworld depth-chart change could be in order if Mack plays defensive end for a sustained stretch in the preseason and/or early in regular season.
Tue, Aug 4, 2015 11:23:00 AM

Raiders OLB Khalil Mack finished third in Defensive Rookie of the Year voting.

Rams DT Aaron Donald deservedly won the award and Ravens ILB C.J. Mosley came in second. That shouldn't overshadow a tremendous season from Mack, who was PFF's No. 1 4-3 OLB among 40 qualifiers on the back of run-game dominance and 40 quarterback hurries. The Raiders finally have a keeper after spending their previous five first-round picks on D.J Hayden, Rolando McClain, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Darren McFadden and JaMarcus Russell.
Source: ESPN.com
Tue, Feb 3, 2015 09:22:00 AM

Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie has compared first-round OLB Khalil Mack to Clay Matthews.

No pressure, kid. "He's one of those guys that knows how to set the edge, and he has length and power and some tools to rush the passer," McKenzie said of his first-rounder. "He's got that first step, he can bend, he's relentless." Although it's rarely a favor to compare a young player to an established star, McKenzie has every reason to be excited. Mack will be a threat for double-digit sacks as a rookie, and should be in the conversation for DROY.
Mon, Jul 28, 2014 03:20:00 PM

Raiders signed No. 5 overall pick OLB Khalil Mack to a four-year, $18.677 million contract.

As is the case with all first-round picks, the deal is fully guaranteed, and includes a fifth-year team option for 2018. Per NFL Network's Albert Breer, the pact includes offset language, which is often a point of contention in first-round negotiations. Rated the draft's No. 1 overall prospect by both Mike Mayock and Merril Hoge, Mack has the talent to make an immediate impact as a terror off the edge. He boasts 4.65 speed to go along with his 6-foot-3, 251-pound frame, and posted a monster vertical leap (40") and broad jump (10-foot-8) at the Combine. He's the kind of young talent the Raiders desperately need.
Thu, May 15, 2014 03:38:00 PM

The Raiders are expected to use No. 5 pick Khalil Mack and LaMarr Woodley at end in their sub-package defense, with LE Justin Tuck rushing from the interior.

Antonio Smith will be the other interior rusher, next to Tuck, and SLB Sio Moore gives the team another option off the edge. The Raiders deserve kudos for stockpiling legitimate pass rushers, both in free agency and the draft. They're going to have a deficient offense, but suddenly offer enough talent in the front seven to be a competitive team on a week-in and week-out basis.
Sun, May 11, 2014 11:02:00 PM

Raiders selected OLB Khalil Mack with the No. 5 overall pick in the 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 the Black Hole. 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 08:43:00 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Falcons could try to trade up from No. 6 to No. 4 if Buffalo OLB Khalil Mack is still available.

Per RapSheet, this is a more likely scenario than the Falcons trading up to No. 1. Moving to No. 4 would be key for Mack, as SI's Peter King has reported he won't get past the Raiders at No. 5. The Falcons desperately need to upgrade their defensive line.
Thu, May 8, 2014 05:07:00 PM

SI's Peter King says "you can take it to the bank" that Buffalo OLB Khalil Mack won't get past the Raiders at No. 5.

It's believed that the Texans want to trade out of the No. 1 hole so they can grab Mack or a quarterback while also stockpiling assets. But if they move back to No. 6, they'll almost certainly give up their shot at Mack. The Jaguars at No. 3 and Raiders at 5 need a foundation pass rusher.
Source: SI.com
Thu, May 8, 2014 10:54:00 AM

According to Profootballtalk.com, the Jaguars are "believed to be seriously considering" Buffalo OLB Khalil Mack at No. 3 overall.

PFT's Mike Florio acknowledges Clemson WR Sammy Watkins "could be in play" at 3 as well. This late in the draft process, the majority of mocks have Watkins going third to the Jaguars, though Mack would more logically fit a team building to play strong defense and run the football with Toby Gerhart. That said, drafting A.J. Green first and Andy Dalton second in 2011 worked out reasonably well for the Bengals. There are more than one ways to skin the cat.
Thu, May 8, 2014 10:40:00 AM

According to Profootballtalk, the "thinking in some league circles" is that the Texans would like to trade down and select Buffalo OLB Khalil Mack.

The Texans have been linked to Mack at No. 1, so it's hardly a surprise. Stockpiling extra picks while still getting their man would be a boon for a talented roster coming off a 2-14 season. It's beyond clear that the Texans would like to abdicate the top spot in the draft, but it's unclear if they'll find a partner.
Tue, May 6, 2014 10:28:00 PM

NFL.com's Gil Brandt predicted in MMQB that Khalil Mack will be drafted ahead of Jadeveon Clowney on Thursday.

Observers love to yell "smokescreen" at whatever pre-draft information doesn't suit their narrative, but longtime personnel man Brandt isn't prone to narratives, and certainly isn't being used by teams. "I think Khalil Mack gets picked ahead of Jadeveon Clowney," Brandt predicted, adding that he believes Teddy Bridgewater will ultimately be drafted somewhere in the first round, and Johnny Manziel "will go in the top five, but not number one." There are more and more signs pointing to Mack going No. 1 to Houston, although GM Rick Smith would pretty clearly prefer to trade down. This is one of the least predictable drafts in recent memory.
Source: SI.com
Mon, May 5, 2014 01:20:00 PM

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