Khalil Mack further cements draft status

AP

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.

38 responses to “Khalil Mack further cements draft status

  1. 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. 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.

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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?

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. “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….

  11. “Burfict – Maualuga – Mack”
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    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.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

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