Nov 29, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Bulls linebacker Khalil Mack (46) against the Bowling Green Falcons at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft rumors: Khalil Mack is dark horse for No.1 overall pick


As we prepare for NFL Draft season to be in full swing, we will be seeing a number of big boards and player rankings to give us an idea of who the top players in the draft will be and Rob Rang of CBS Sports recently released a big board that has raised some eyebrows.

It is no surprise that Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack is one of the top pass rushers in the 2014 NFL Draft class, but just how high is his stock?

While many believe that Mack is a top ten prospect, Rang goes even higher and says that there is some belief that Mack could be a “dark horse” selection for the Houston Texans with the No. 1 overall pick.

Rang wrote:

With an FBS-record 16 career forced fumbles and record-tying 75 career tackles for loss, Mack’s statistics jump off the page. Against the most gifted opponents he faced this year (Ohio State, Baylor, Connecticut), it was his game that jumped off the screen. His size, instincts and agility as an edge rusher make him equally intriguing to teams operating out of a 4-3 or 3-4 alignment. Versatility could land him a spot in the top five. Some even view him as a dark horse candidate for the Texans at No. 1 overall.

The most likely scenario is that the Texans go with the top quarterback on their draft board, but if they are looking to add to the pass rush it doesn’t get much better than Mack.

Of course, it will certainly be a controversial pick if Mack is selected ahead of South Carolina star Jadeveon Clowney, so we will have to wait and see how this all plays out.

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