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Khalil Mack Drafted by Raiders

With the 5th overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders selected Buffalo outside linebacker Khalil Mack.

How Sports Talk Florida sees the pick...

The Low-Down...

A native of Fort Pierce,it's hard to fathom that the stateof Florida allowed this type oftalent to get away.

But Buffalo was the onlyFBS school to offer Mack a scholarship, and that was after Robert Wimberly, an assistant who recruited him to play at Liberty University, accepted a job under Turner Gill.

Mack went on to thrive, starting all 48 games in his four years with the Bulls, becoming a one-man wrecking crew with everyjarring hit delivered in opponents' backfields.

In 2012, he finished with 8.0 sacks, 100 tackles, 21 tackles for a loss and four forced fumbles. In 2013, he finished with 10.5 sacks, 94 tackles, 19 tackles for a loss and three interceptions.

His best games came against his toughest opponents. Against Ohio State his senior season,he registered 9.5 tackles, 2.5 sacks and a 45-yard interception returned for a touchdown.

Mack finished his college careerwith an NCAA-record 16 forced fumbles andtying for first with 75 tackles for a loss. He also set school records with 28.5 sacks, 75 tackles for losses and 16 forced fumbles.

Bottom Line...

An explosive 3-4 outside linebacker, Mack can also play with his hand in the dirt as a 4-3 defensive end.

He's a high-effort guy with a rare mix of pass-rushing and coverage skills, and he's stout against the run. If he played at a bigger school, he'd likely have gotten more consideration as the top overall pick.


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