Pat Sims: Khalil Mack is “a freak”


Count Raiders defensive tackle Pat Sims among those who like the upside of first-rounder Khalil Mack.

In a story published on the club’s website Monday, Sims said the rookie linebacker from Buffalo “can play almost any position in the front seven.”

“He’s an athlete. He’s a freak,” the veteran defensive tackle said of Mack, the No. 5 overall pick, per “We just have to put him in the right situations and he’s going to be hell.”

According to, Sims joked that defensive tackle was the exception to the positions the 6-foot-3, 252-pound Mack could play.

Per, Mack played strong-side linebacker in offseason workouts with Oakland. And if Mack has the versatility Sims believes he possesses, the rookie could thrive as the “Sam” linebacker, which requires the physicality to play the run and the athleticism to cope in pass coverage. Mack’s pass rush ability will be closely watched, too.

38 responses to “Pat Sims: Khalil Mack is “a freak”

  1. As descriptors of exceptionally talented players, “freak” and “beast” are very quickly becoming badly overused. Not saying Mack isn’t either (or both), but once a word gets used to describe a couple of dozen players on any given day, it loses its impact pretty quickly.

  2. Can’t wait to see this guy in action! !, can the season just start already! !, so much to look forward to this season!

  3. aren’t all raiders kind of freaks? Unfortunately that doesn’t usually translate into wins.

  4. July in the NFL. So much promise. Last year’s disappointments so far away. Less than a month before training camp. After reading so many articles how their team has upgraded and improved in every position and aspect, the faithful look with bright eyes on the glorious future oh so near to them this season. Preseason games mean nothing. The real letdown won’t be until week 3, at the earliest.

    NFL Summer. A time to dream.

  5. If the Raiders don’t suck, and they might not..

    NFC West
    and a toss up between the NFC North and AFC West for the second toughest division this upcoming season.

  6. This was a no-brainer pick for the Raiders. This guy is so well-rounded and just does nothing but make plays. I’d be losing a bit of sleep if I were an OC in the AFCW.

  7. Feel bad for HUMBOLT! This loser roots for one of the worst franchises in football with no championships and has to comment on every raiders thread possible because he is what you call a loser. I actually feel bad for a loser like him

  8. As a San Diego sports fan, I watched him be ineffective versus the Aztecs. I guess if nobody accounts for him, he’ll be great.

  9. What does Pat Sims know about good football players?

    As was said above, I do feel sorry for the kid. He had better facilities at Buffalo……..University.

  10. Good thing he didn’t go to that joke of a franchise in San Diego. So pathetic they’re fans show up here for something to do.

  11. Funny by listening to the losers on every raiders thread in here you would think they were the worst franchise ever. When in fact from 1963 to 2002 they were the winningest franchise in ANY SPORT! Winning one AFC championship, playing in 5 Super Bowls, 3x Super Bowls champs, winning 15 divisional titles and appearing in the play offs 21x’s. Although the last 12 years have been awful you can’t just forget how great they were and have to believe they will be great again!

  12. Tuck, Sims, Smith, woodley, Sio/burris, roach , and Mack. Can’t tell me that Dsnt, at least on paper look pretty Damn good!. I’m more excited about branch woodson Brown and Hayden though. #RAIDERNATION

  13. Why do Raiders fans continually live in the past? Al sounded ridiculous every time he brought this up when his teams were atrocious and so do their fans.

  14. The Raiders biggest fans (you know, the “Tarps” that cover half the stadium seating at home games) think he is a beast too…Lol

    Choo Choo

  15. As a Skins fan, it’s nice to see other teams fan’s have so much hope in the off season.
    Our motto, and Oaklands should be “there is always next year”!

  16. tony mandarich was a freak too! he sucked as a player! great practice doesnt always translate into great player!! fact is he played at a weak school in buffalo and didnt even dominate there,san diego state ran all over him in their bowl game and sdsu was an average team! i watched him play several times..he will be an average player!!! he hasnt played against anybody while he was in college and doesnt have much of a football background to begin with! leavie it to raiturds fans to say a scrub qb in matt schaub and a high drafted unproven player in mack is gonna make them contenders right away!! then again you all say that every year and havent had a winning season in 11 years..raiturds havent done anything to brag about for 31 years all the way back to 1983!!!! over half the raiturds fanbase wasnt even born the last time thye won anything!!! #cobbwebbs

  17. Te’o or Mack who would you rather have? thats what i thought.

    Oh yeah and the Chargers first round pick is 5’9 corner. Will be fun to watch him be blown off the line and jumped over this year

  18. Hey Pat

    The few raider fans there are also are freaks so how perfect. Can’t wait till the Niners come across the bridge and work the Raiders and all the middle age clowns with face paint in your toilet bowl stadium

    Niner Nugget

  19. I was surprised he slipped to #5. Then again, the teams who pick at the top of the draft are often there due to poor management so perhaps that explains it.

  20. Darrius Heyward-Bey was also a “freak” for the Raiders . . . . . In the 40-yard dash.

    Rolando McClain was also a “freak” – in the back of a squad car.

  21. this kid strikes me as a force not to be reckoned with.
    Remember the raiders of yesteryear? the defense wins games. If Mack can become fluid in team chemistry & an immediate leader of now; then by far the best pick of 2014.

  22. How many ballplayers in every sport are nicknamed “Freak” or “The Freak.” C’mon, let’s get more creative, guys. (Abnormal, maybe?)

  23. As a San Diego sports fan, I watched him be ineffective versus the Aztecs. I guess if nobody accounts for him, he’ll be great.

    ORRRRRRRRRRRRRR, we could point the the Ohio State game and say the opposite..
    in all honesty, I wanted him lined up in the middle, next to the legend they call Kiko…..

  24. Mack is a beast. I live in Buffalo and watched him for the last 4 years. The guy played for a steadily improving program and was schemed against by every team he faced the last 2 years.

    You don’t tie the FBS record for career tackles for loss(75) without having some serious talent especially when every team is double and triple teaming him, while also running plays to the opposite side of the field. Also had 16 career forced fumbles. He did play some quality competition as well, playing against Baylor and Ohio State who he dominated with 2.5 sacks and a pick 6.

    The Raiders got a great talent, and if he remains healthy could be a dominate presence in the NFL in a year or two.

  25. What sucks about the afc west, is that they have to play the NFC west. Don’t be surprised if the Broncos lose all 4 games to that division.

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