The debate over who should be the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL draft in May is sure to intensify over the next couple days as the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine gets underway with 335 of the top college football players in attendance to showcase their abilities for NFL teams.
While much of the talk surrounding who the Houston Texans may take with the first pick has centered around Jadeveon Clowney and a trio of quarterbacks, Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles, NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayocktells Minneapolis radio station KFAN that former Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack would be his pick.
“He’s explosive off the edge, he’s tough, he’s twitchy, he’s got a little edge about him,” Mayock said of Mack. … “You talk about a kid like [Jadeveon] Clowney, who’s just got superhuman abilities, versus this kid, and if I had a choice between the two, I think I’m taking Mack,” Mayock said.
Mack did not get the same publicity as other draft notables this season after playing in the Mid American Conference, but after a career that saw him set an NCAA record with 16 forced fumbles and tie the NCAA mark with 75 tackles for loss, Mack’s production is on par, if not superior to any defender in this draft.
He may not go first overall, although he would look great as an outside linebacker in the Texans 3-4 defense, wherever he goes is going to get a player Mayock said earlier in the week on a conference call said he has “yet to find a hole in his game.”