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Seahawks selected Buffalo DE Kristjan Sokoli with the No. 214 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Sokoli (6'5/290) was a low-impact college nose tackle, managing 32 tackles — three for a loss — and six batted passes as a senior. He generated buzz in the draft community following a freakish Pro Day workout, posting a J.J. Watt-like SPARQ score with a 4.86 forty, 38-inch vertical and 31 bench-press reps. A former high school basketball player, punter and kicker, Sokoli is a total project whose athleticism has yet to be unlocked.
May 2 - 5:04 PM

Buffalo DL Kristjan Sokoli is scheduled to visit the Seahawks.

Sokoli is one of the top athletic testers in this class (in the 99.8 percentile for his position, according to Zach Whitman), so the connection makes complete sense. The Seahawks are one of the few teams to have patience with late rounders or undrafted free agents and tend to prioritize athletes in these areas. Sokoli, a defensive lineman, checks these boxes.
Apr 15 - 12:45 PM

Buffalo DL Kristjan Sokoli has visits scheduled with the Seahawks, Giants and Jets.

Sokoli is a solid SPARQ athlete, which incorporates weight. At 6'5/300 lbs, Sokoli certainly has size and would likely be a project investment on the third day of the draft. Kevin Weidl consistently brought up Sokoli's name during the Medal of Honor Bowl week.
Mar 24 - 12:54 PM

Buffalo redshirt senior DT Kristjan Sokoli stuffed the stat sheet in Saturday's Medal of Honor Bowl.

Teammate Shaq Riddick was far more flashy, but Sokoli was also extremely disruptive. The Bulls' prospect finished with two solo tackles, a TFL, and a deflected pass. ESPN's Kevin Weidl wrote last week that Sokoli was a star at Medal of Honor Bowl practices, especially during 1-on-1 drills. "Strong dude with quick, heavy hands," Weidl wrote. The 6-foot-5, 300-pounder is athletic and versatile.
Jan 12 - 2:29 AM

ESPN's Kevin Weidl reported from Medal of Honor Bowl practices that Buffalo redshirt senior DT Kristjan Sokoli was impressive during 1-on-1 drills.

"Strong dude with quick, heavy hands," Weidl wrote. Sokoli redshirted his first year on campus and entered the defensive line rotation in 2011. He's long-limbed (34-inch arms) and athletic, with the versatility to move around formations. The 6-foot-5, 300-pounder tackle began his career as a 220-pound defensive end, so you know he comes equipped with a work ethic.
Jan 11 - 4:20 PM

Buffalo has hired Wisconsin–Whitewater head coach Lance Leipold to the same position.

Leipold had a ridiculous tenure at UWW, compiling a record of 53-3 since 207 at the Division III level. Leipold was an assistant at Nebraska from 2001-2003, but this will be his first FBS work since.
Source: Fox Sports
Mon, Dec 1, 2014 10:46:00 AM

Buffalo fired HC Jeff Quinn on Monday, promoting OC Alex Wood in his place.

Quinn led the team to a 20-36 record in five years including a bowl bid last year, the school's second ever. Quinn lost talents like Khalil Mack and Branden Oliver to the NFL. He signed a contract extension through 2017 after the 2012 season. The Bulls face Central Michigan after an off week.
Tue, Oct 14, 2014 10:47:00 AM

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

NFL.com'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 NFL.com, 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.
Source: NFL.com
Tue, May 6, 2014 09:04:00 PM

NFL.com'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."

NFL.com'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.
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