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Draft Scout Khalil Mack News
05/12/14 - Raiders hit their draft bulls-eye -- Mack...Mack, 6-foot-3, 251 pounds, set records at Buffalo with 28.5 sacks, 78 tackles for losses and 16 forced fumbles. He said following the season he considered himself the best defensive player in the draft, but wasn't interested in boasting in a conference call with local media. "I think that I am, but I'm at the point right now where I'm tired of talking about it and that I want to go out and prove a little bit if this stuff everyone's talking about," Mack said. "I can't wait. I cannot wait." Linebacker is one of the few positions where the Raiders appeared set, with Sio Moore (strong side), Nick Roach (middle) and Kevin Burnett (weak side) were all returning starters.
Allen made it clear that Mack will be a three-down player, and will be moved around like a chess piece to create mismatches. "I'm not going to get into exactly where he's going to play," Allen said. "I'll tell you this _ he's going to obviously have a big role in what we're going to do and he'll be a guy that we're going to use to send after the quarterback in a variety of different ways." McKenzie said the Raiders had talked to teams about dealing the No. 5 pick, moving back, and accumulating more picks, but the talk ceased when Mack became available. "Once Khalil fell to us, we had a couple of calls, but at that point I wasn't taking them," McKenzie said. - The Sports Xchange
05/12/14 - 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
05/12/14 - A closer look at the Raiders' picks: Round 1/5 - Khalil Mack, OLB, 6-1, 251, Buffalo...Targeted early on in the process as an impact defender, Mack will be used as a chess piece by defensive coordinator Jason Tarver and will have a big role rushing the passer. The hope is he has the biggest immediate impact of any Raiders defensive draft pick since Charles Woodson in 1998. - The Sports Xchange
05/08/14 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 2/1. Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo, 6-3, 251, 4.59, 1...Formerly a lowly, two-star prep recruit who was overlooked by the big-time football schools. Buffalo benefitted from his combination of strength and speed that created consistent production as he set school records for sacks (28.5), tackles for loss (75) and forced fumbles (16). Played hybrid linebacker role in a 3-4 scheme, lining up with his hand on the ground and also standing up off the edge.
Workout madman who is aggressive to the point of abrasive, evidenced by locker-room scuffle that resulted in suspension for 2012 season opener. Frankly: Versatile, aggressive athlete with impressive experience all over the front seven and a work ethic that should help him make the big step into the NFL. It will be interesting to see how he reacts to facing top conversation every week. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com
05/07/14 - Five players who should be on the Jacksonville Jaguars' draft radar...DE/OLB Khalil Mack, Buffalo: The Jaguars went the safe route a year ago with Joeckel and will be looking for more of a playmaker with the No. 3 overall pick. A quarterback is a possibility as is Clemson wideout Sammy Watkins but the Jags may have a hard time passing up Mack, the draft's safest defender, who at 6-foot-3, 251-pounds has the size to play the LEO defensive end role in Bradley's hybrid scheme. Grizzled veterans Chris Clemons (32) and Jason Babin (33) currently are sit atop the depth chart and Mack is a proven playmaker with 28.5 sacks, 75 tackles for loss and 16 forced fumbles over his career, the latter two of which are FBS records. Mack is a terrific pass rusher, showing the blend of explosiveness, agility and power to beat tackles in a variety of ways. He's instinctive, passionate and durable (48 career) starts and while quality of competition questions are legitimate, he played well in big games. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com