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2014 NFL Draft Profile: Khalil Mack

Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo (Sr.)

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Khalil Mack could be the first defensive player taken in the NFL draft. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Tale of the Tape:

Height- 6’3″
Weight-251
4.65 40 yard dash (Official)

What They’re Saying:

“”Here he is a kid from the University of Buffalo, and you put on the tape and he dominates Ohio State (in the 2013 season opener) like nobody I’ve ever seen dominate them. He’s explosive off the edge, he’s tough, he’s twitchy, he’s got a little edge about him. When I watch him on tape, I feel like he’s pissed off at the world, and I like that. – Mike Mayock, NFL Network

Pros:

Passing rushing terror that can fit either a 3-4 or 4-3 defense in the NFL. Mack brings size and speed and despite playing in the MAC he dominated upper level opponents making impact plays against Ohio State and Baylor.

Cons:

Discrepancy between whether he best fits as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 or in a 4-3. Mack played at a smaller school, so adjustment to speed and strength of the NFL could stunt effectiveness early.

Evaluation:

Mack is the most complete linebacker in this draft. With his speed, strength and endurance, he is truly a three down linebacker with his ability to rush the passer, stuff the run and drop into coverage.

As we saw with last year’s number one overall pick, Eric Fisher, there is a transition period needed to adjust to the speed of the NFL from the MAC. However, Mack performed very well against the large conference opponents Buffalo did play.

As a whole, Mack can be a run down the play outside linebacker in a 4-3, or an edge defender in a 3-4, which makes him so unique and valuable. A good defensive coordinator will allow Mack to exploit weaknesses along an opponent’s offensive line as well as matching him up against difficult tight ends to neutralize a threat.

Mack is a defender with few holes in his game and should be a top five pick. Don’t be surprised if he’s the first defensive player taken in the NFL draft.


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Jason DeHart

About Jason DeHart

Jason is a UB alum with over six years of media experience including his time as the student voice for the UB Bulls football & basketball teams. He currently resides in Delray Beach with his wife and currently works for CBSSports.com as an online video producer. #billsmafia4life

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