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Khalil Mack further cements draft status

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When the University of Buffalo became a Division I-A program in 1999, the powers-that-be never would have imagined that it would be, if only for a day, the center of the NFL’s universe.

That day came Tuesday, when representatives of 32 teams gathered for the Pro Day workout of linebacker Khalil Mack.  Per Gil Brandt of NFL.com, the attendees included Raiders G.M. Reggie McKenzie and Browns coach Mike Pettine.

Touted by Mike Mayock as perhaps the best prospect of the incoming class, Mack trimmed his official time in the 40 from 4.65 seconds at the Scouting Combine to 4.55 seconds.  Brandt writes that Mack “blew people away” with the pass-rush abilities displayed on Tuesday.

Brandt believes that Mack is among seven players who could be the first pick in the draft.  The other six are defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, tackle Greg Robinson, receiver Sammy Watkins, and quarterbacks Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel, and Teddy Bridgewater.

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38 Responses to “Khalil Mack further cements draft status”
  1. donnymacjack says: Mar 4, 2014 7:29 PM

    No offense to this kid. I really hope he is as good as touted. But remember Aaron Curry was also a HIGHLY touted, “can’t” miss LB from a school not otherwise knock to be a football powerhouse.

  2. donnymacjack says: Mar 4, 2014 7:29 PM

    “knock”? Errr…meant “known”.

  3. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 4, 2014 7:30 PM

    I think Brandt nailed the Top 7 potential #1 pick candidates pretty well. That doesn’t mean somebody like Jake Matthews can’t be in the Top 7 overall, but nobody would dare take him #1 with Greg Robinson existing.

  4. lovemyqueens says: Mar 4, 2014 7:32 PM

    Truly hope the Vikings are smart enough to not pass him up at 8. I’m sure Spielman will trade back and miss him though.

  5. calhounlambeau says: Mar 4, 2014 7:33 PM

    Does that guy have time to go to class? Looks like he spends all day at the gym.

  6. realfootballfan says: Mar 4, 2014 7:36 PM

    How can you “blow” people away with pass rush skills against air? And you wonder why these teams miss so often on players. This guy’s going to be the latest bust being overhyped because he dominated weak competition in college.

  7. buckeyebrownsfan says: Mar 4, 2014 7:41 PM

    No surprise. I remember him out running Braxton Miller and Dontre Wilson, two of the fastest Buckeyes, 40 yards to the endzone last season.

  8. thelastwordyaheard says: Mar 4, 2014 7:43 PM

    the best NFL player in Buffalo last year was still in college

  9. 4allintensivepurposes says: Mar 4, 2014 7:48 PM

    Those nostrils might not translate well to the pro level.

  10. et2house says: Mar 4, 2014 7:52 PM

    Does that guy have time to go to class? Looks like he spends all day at the gym.

    I’m assuming, the gym is his class.

  11. et2house says: Mar 4, 2014 7:53 PM

    How can you “blow” people away with pass rush skills against air? And you wonder why these teams miss so often on players. This guy’s going to be the latest bust being overhyped because he dominated “weak competition in college.”

    He dominated Ohio State, still too weak?

  12. meatcarroll says: Mar 4, 2014 7:53 PM

    Aaron Curry 2: Electric Boogaloo

  13. kd75 says: Mar 4, 2014 8:00 PM

    Its always SUNY in Buffalo…

  14. wwttww says: Mar 4, 2014 8:02 PM

    FALCONS

  15. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Mar 4, 2014 8:04 PM

    I don’t know why we laughed when we read “Mike Pettine”

  16. arcross12042004scorp15 says: Mar 4, 2014 8:07 PM

    Factoid- Mack is tied for NCAA all time record for Forced Fumbles and holds the record for most tackles for a loss.

  17. doctorrustbelt says: Mar 4, 2014 8:15 PM

    Bengals.

    Burfict – Maualuga – Mack

  18. moeman79 says: Mar 4, 2014 8:18 PM

    Aaron Curry was a physical freak, odds were likely he would tear up the NFL, but motivation and ability to adapt and learn are hard to test. This kid has same potential.

  19. mcthompso says: Mar 4, 2014 8:20 PM

    I’m not sure why there is even a draft. According to all of these super-qualified armchair GM’s on message boards, everyone is a bust. Let’s just quit drafting, and disband the NFL once the current players retire.

  20. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 4, 2014 8:21 PM

    Mack isn’t going to bust, no way.

  21. realfootballfan says: Mar 4, 2014 8:40 PM

    Everyone comparing Clowney to Vernon Gholston needs to readjust the comparisons. Looks like this is really his twin. Either him or Aaron Curry.

  22. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 4, 2014 8:51 PM

    Looks like he’s been eating his Cheaties.

  23. jacobslatter says: Mar 4, 2014 9:04 PM

    Anthony Barr will be better than him, Pac 12 dudes got it all together.

  24. ytownjoe says: Mar 4, 2014 9:04 PM

    Anybody who watched him demolish the Buckeyes has him rated a top five.

  25. pdmjr says: Mar 4, 2014 9:05 PM

    He played in the Bad MAC conference, please Gil Brant is a victim of dementia

  26. ketch20too says: Mar 4, 2014 9:09 PM

    kd75-probably you, me and handful of others got that SUNY bit. I went to school there back in early 80′s. Nice to see them possibly building something good out there. Mack is a beast who has proven it on the field and not just a work out warrior like Gholston.

  27. dbrookshof2014 says: Mar 4, 2014 9:14 PM

    “donnymacjack says:
    Mar 4, 2014 7:29 PM
    No offense to this kid. I really hope he is as good as touted. But remember Aaron Curry was also a HIGHLY touted, “can’t” miss LB from a school not otherwise knock to be a football powerhouse.”

    So was Demarcus Ware….

  28. southridge23 says: Mar 4, 2014 9:20 PM

    This is probably the first and last time I can tout my alma mater but go UB Bulls!

  29. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 4, 2014 9:24 PM

    “Burfict – Maualuga – Mack”
    —————————————
    Bengals would actually make sense for him, at least for the first year. Hitting that rookie wall in wk 13 can be tough. And with Cin, at the very worst he’d be guaranteed to be done playing after the first weekend of the playoffs.

  30. buffalowned says: Mar 4, 2014 9:26 PM

    The people saying he’s going to be a bust have obviously never seen him play. He is an absolute monster. Watch his game against Ohio state if you want to see him against an elite offensive line. He is a 3 down player with a non stop motor and he is humble. Definition of a can’t miss

  31. tooz72 says: Mar 4, 2014 10:44 PM

    Sio Moore, Nick Roach and Khalil Mack..make it happen Reggie

  32. theheyseed says: Mar 4, 2014 10:46 PM

    I’m not sure why there is even a draft. According to all of these super-qualified armchair GM’s on message boards, everyone is a bust.

    I was thinking the same thing, now that we won’t have a draft, maybe the Experts will focus on solving cancer or Whirled Peas.

    This Kid looks awesome.

  33. garyhd01 says: Mar 4, 2014 10:54 PM

    my guess is anyone that selects him, no matter where he falls, will be happy if not elated. so unless a team gives up 3-4 picks the odds are the next time a team is unhappy is not to have him but not to be able to afford to resign him.

  34. tedmurph says: Mar 4, 2014 11:00 PM

    Bengals… 0 playoff wins.

  35. raiderufan says: Mar 5, 2014 7:25 AM

    I wwant this kid to be the next great Raider pass rusher….it’s been to damn long since the last one.

  36. armyofbastards says: Mar 5, 2014 11:38 AM

    I see this kid and can’t help but think of the labels of “can’t miss,” “All Pro LB for the next 10 years,” and “superstar in waiting” that were attributed to Rolando McClain. EVERYONE said the same thing about him and look how that turned out. Couldn’t tackle, was slow to make reads, and was always out of position. Hopefully, this kid has none of those qualities and is a better human off the field.

    That being said, I’m OK with him wearing silver and black

  37. deltaoracle says: Mar 5, 2014 3:47 PM

    Seven top-notch, can’t miss players. Would kind of suck to be drafting eighth.

  38. hanspard says: Mar 7, 2014 4:10 PM

    People are knocking the school he went to, but Demarcus Ware went to Troy. It happens.

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