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Khalil Mack | Linebacker

Team: Oakland Raiders
Age / DOB:  (23) / 2/22/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 252
College: Buffalo
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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. Jul 28 - 3:20 PM

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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.
May 15 - 3:38 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.
May 11 - 11:02 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.
May 8 - 8:43 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.
May 8 - 5:07 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
May 8 - 10:54 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.
May 8 - 10:40 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.
May 6 - 10:28 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
May 5 - 1:20 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter indicated on SportsCenter Friday that Buffalo OLB Khalil Mack may still be in the mix to go No. 1 overall to the Texans.

"I do not believe Khalil Mack can be dismissed from the conversation at the No. 1 pick," were Schefter's words. Mack has never been truly dismissed from the discussion, but the commonly held expectation is Houston will select South Carolina DE/OLB Jadeveon Clowney. It's worth noting Mack might be a better scheme fit than Clowney for Romeo Crennel's 3-4. In April, SI's Peter King reported a "friend" of Houston GM Rick Smith told him Smith prefers Mack over Clowney. The Texans also shocked the world in 2006 when they picked Mario Williams over Reggie Bush at No. 1, though Smith wasn't their GM at the time.
May 2 - 2:14 PM

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

Hoge is impressed by how "fundamentally sound" Mack is, and said he'd select Mack "in a heartbeat" over South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney. Hoge believes Mack could play on the edge in a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme, and even rush the quarterback as an inside linebacker. "Regardless of where he plays, he will be an impact player immediately in the NFL," was Hoge's tape-based conclusion.
Apr 21 - 4:18 PM

A friend of Texans GM Rick Smith tells SI's Peter King that Smith prefers Buffalo OLB/DE Khalil Mack to South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney.

This one has "silly season" written all over it. Although Clowney would fit better in a 4-3 rather than Houston's 3-4, just about every evaluator has the South Carolina product a tier above. The Texans are likely just trying to generate some trade calls on the No. 1 overall pick. The draft will finally get underway two weeks from Thursday.
Source: SI.com
Apr 21 - 8:46 AM

According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, a "handful" of NFL evaluators have "greater confidence" in Buffalo OLB/DE Khalil Mack panning out than South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney.

Per Mort, the evaluators who side with Mack cite his "consistency and versatility." This isn't to say Mack will be drafted ahead of Clowney -- he almost certainly won't be -- but is a reminder that there are two truly elite edge-rusher prospects in this draft. Mack seems a virtual lock for the top-seven picks.
Mar 8 - 9:19 AM

Buffalo OLB Khalil Mack clocked forty times of 4.66 and 4.62 at the NFL Scouting Combine.

His "official" forty time was later announced at 4.65. Mack checked in at 6-foot-2 1/2 and 251 pounds earlier in Indy. NFL Network's Mike Mayock sees Mack as this year's No. 1 overall prospect, while Rotoworld's Josh Norris likes him as a top-three player. Mack is capable of harassing quarterbacks both as a Von Miller-like "Sam" linebacker and 3-4 outside rush 'backer.
Feb 24 - 2:05 PM

Buffalo LB Khalil Mack measured 6-foot-2 1/2 and 251 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine weigh-in.

Mack was listed at 6-foot-3 and 248 pounds at Buffalo. A prototype 3-4 outside linebacker, Mack also has the size and versatility to play defensive end in a 4-3 scheme. He projects as a top-10 pick. NFL Network's Mike Mayock considers Mack the top prospect in the 2014 draft class.
Feb 22 - 6:02 PM

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