2015 NFL DRAFT

Khalil Mack, OLB

School: Buffalo  |  Conference: MAC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Fort Pierce, FL
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 251 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
211

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.592.651.6423 4010'8"4.187.08
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.552.571.53- ----

Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • Jacksonville Jaguars | #3
    After taking the safe route with offensive tackle Luke Joeckel a year ago, the Jaguars are on the prowl for a player likely to make a bigger impact with this selection. Mack (or Clowney, if available) offers immediate impact ability as a proven edge rusher who projects nicely as a LEO defensive end in Gus Bradley's scheme.
  • Oakland Raiders | #5
    The Raiders need upgrades at several positions, including pass rusher. And Mack is a versatile talent with low risk and should step in and contribute from day one in Oakland.
  • Jacksonville Jaguars | #3
    They could move back and take a quarterback like Johnny Manziel, but for now I will give them Mack.
  • Houston Texans | #1
    If your draft board says this is the best player, just take him and don't worry about what people say. Don't trade down and risk losing both him and Jadeveon Clowney.
 

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Strongly put together frame with good body thickness throughout. Very good take-on strength with powerful wrists and hands, using his arm to jolt and lock out.

Plays fast in pursuit with very good closing burst. Smooth lateral movements with good range, surging with his hips. Uses his length well to engage, swim and swat and uses a wide array of moves to keep blockers guessing.

Active and powerful upper body to rip through blocks and won't stay tied up long. Physical striker and hits through his target. Keeps his eyes elevated to quickly locate and track to chase and finish.

Versatile skill-set and has experience lining up all over the front seven. Relentless motor and feeds off the energy of the game. Four-year starter (48 career starts) and didn't miss a game due to injury in college. FBS career records for forced fumbles (16) and tackles for loss (75, tied with Jason Babin).

WEAKNESSES: Lacks ideal range in coverage and needs to play with more consistent leverage and fluidity in his drops. Room to improve his instincts in space to do a better job anticipating the action.

Not the most consistent tackler in space. Doesn't always explode off the ball and needs to improve his snap anticipation. Needs to do a better job keeping himself clean through traffic.

Missed the 2012 season opener due to a one-game suspension for violating team rules. Needs to stay focused and prove he has the mental aptitude to make the jump to the next level.

COMPARES TO: Robert Quinn, Rams - Mack is a little more versatile, but both have an excellent blend of quickness and power to be effective sacking the quarterback or stopping the run.

--Dane Brugler (2/11/14)

Player Overview

An under-the-radar high school recruit, Mack enrolled at Buffalo and redshirted in 2009.

He became a starter in 2010 and started all but one game over the past four seasons, leaving Buffalo as the most productive defensive player in program history with school records for sacks (28.5), tackles for loss (75) and forced fumbles (16), the latter two also being FBS records.

Mack played a hybrid linebacker role in the Bulls' 3-4 scheme, seeing time with his hand on the ground and also standing up off the edge.

He is built very well for the position with good functional strength and movement skills to quickly disengage blocks and easily accelerate to chase down the ballcarrier or disrupt the pocket. Mack did most of his damage against mediocre competition in the MAC, but he also showed he can match up against top tier teams with excellent games against Ohio State and Baylor in 2013.

His natural skill-set projects him as one of the draft's top pass rushers and probable top 10 selection.

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Player News
05/12/2014 - Raiders hit their draft bulls-eye -- Mack...For three years, the Oakland Raiders tried to figure out a way to block Denver outside linebacker Von Miller. Now they have their own linebacker for other teams to try and block The Raiders took Buffalo outside linebacker Khalil Mack Thursday with the fifth pick in the first round of the NFL draft, and coach Dennis Allen felt good enough about it to compare Mack to one of the league's most dominant defenders. Allen was the defensive coordinator at Denver during Miller's rookie season. "I envision his role to be very similar to what we did with Von Miller," Allen said.

General manager Reggie McKenzie said the Raiders were on to Mack early on in the scouting process, and were relieved when the first four selections were South Carolina defensive end Jadaveon Clowney to Houston, Auburn tackle Greg Robinson to St. Louis, quarterback Blake Bortles to Jacksonville and wide receiver Sammy Watkins to Buffalo. The Bortles pick had to make the Raiders feel better -- the Jaguars were considered a team which might take Mack. "This is a guy we targeted early that we liked, that we wanted, and to be honest we feel fortunate that he was there when we got to the fifth pick," McKenzie said. - The Sports Xchange

 

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