The 2014 NFL draft is less than one month away and while there is some uncertainty about who the top quarterback in this class may be and what the Houston Texans will do with the top pick.
However, as much as this is a time for misdirection there is no uncertainty relating to former Buffalo Bulls outside linebacker Khalil Mack who is living up to the hype as a top three pick.
The Khalil Mack “hype” is real. I’ve heard he won’t fall past no. 3.
— P. Schrager (@PSchrags) April 11, 2014
Mack has been referred to as the best player in the draft according to NFL media draft expert Mike Mayock and has been atop a mock draft of Mel Kiper, Jr at one point, so if he is on the board at three, he would represent a great value and fit for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
After tying an NCAA record with 75 tackles for loss, a record held by former Western Michigan defensive end and current Jaguar, Jason Babin, the 6-4, 2480pound Mack would be a building block for Gus Bradley’s defense and a potential face of the franchise.
He is also the record holder for forced fumbles, breaking a record held by five players, including Terrell Suggs and Ryan Kerrigan, with 16 and he can rush the passer, his 28.5 career sacks are second in the MAC since 2005, and he even showed the ability to drop back in coverage with three interceptions in 2013.
Mack’s best football is ahead of him as he was late to football, he only played one year in high school, and if he’s on the board when the Jaguars are on the clock, you can bet they’ll race to turn in their card with Mack’s name on it.