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

2014 NFL Draft grades: Oakland Raiders select Khalil Mack

With the fifth pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, commissioner Roger Goodell walked to the podium and announced that the Oakland Raiders would be taking Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack to add a little bit of versatility to their defense.

Although coming from the small MAC school, Mack steadily shot up a lot of people’s draft boards in recent months with some tremendous workouts and interviews.

In four years with the Bulls, Mack compiled 327 total tackles with 28.5 sacks, tremendous production which the Raiders are now hoping translates to the professional level.

As for how he fits with the Raiders defense, he’ll more than likely play a role similar to the one that Von Miller plays with the Denver Broncos. He can play the SAM position, but as a lot of experts have already stated since the pick, they can move him around at will and he has the ability to come up and rush off the edge of the line if they choose to do so.

Overall, though, this was a great pick by the Raiders and ultimately there was no way that they were going to pass up the opportunity to select him in this spot. He should be a constant force on that defense for years to come as the Raiders look to get back to prominence in the AFC.

Grade: A-

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  • KloverJane

    Mack attack!

  • Scoobz

    Got 1 of the big 3 and a potential first pick In this years draft at 5 and still only got an A- wow! Love the pick
    Go RAIDERS!!!!

  • Michael Klein

    Yeah was hard to mess this up, once jacksonville picked Bortles we were a lock for one of them, would have preferred Watkins because our skilled positions on offense are so poor with the exception of Streater & Reece. Dang Bills. Looks like Carr or Lee in Round 2 neither one am I that excited about. We need to pick up Donario Alexander if he is healthy. we need Big physical receivers – maybe jordan mathews, brandon coleman etc

    • Dan

      Would’ve been nice to get DJax, but I think the Raiders are okay at skill spots after re-signing McFadden and acquiring James Jones, MJD, and Schaub in free agency. Watkins may be the sexy pick, but the pass rush with Mack (alongside, Justin Tuck, Antonio Smith, and Sio Moore) is the key to making headway in the AFC West.

  • Michael Klein

    We are still very weak at the offensive skill positions. No problem admitting the O-line should be much better and Sparano is probably the best coach we have on the staff. The HOPE is that improving the O-line makes everyone else better. I would much rather have truly upgraded the talent at these other positions as well.
    QB-The Carr pick is not bad but the reality is our coaching staff has not had much success developing QB’s- they will probably all get fired at the end of the year as well. Maybe Carr turns into something on his own. Schaub is not an upgrade; anyone who gets benched twice in one season, breaks records for pick 6′s on the worst team in the league is not an upgrade.. put down the Kool Aid. We should have spent the money on Desean or Chris Johnson. These guys with the improved O-line would have made any QB better; we got the cart before the horse, and it was a desperate move(Schaub).
    WR’s- (Love Streater) still not much improvement from last year. The only way to make our QB better is better weapons we need to draft Martavis Bryant or Brandon Coleman(Big Wr’s) on Day 3 we need some big physical targets. WR was a big need position in a passing league and we have not address this or TE at all. (James Jones is not enough)
    TE- the only hope of improvement is development we have done nothing else to improve this position.
    RB- Even though I love MJD & Run DMC neither can stay healthy and both have obviously peaked, we can only hope that they take turns being injured and at least one of them is healthy at any given time. the rest of the bunch is ??? at best
    FB- Marcel Reece- Love this guy! The problem is the OC did not use him at all last year. This goes back to the biggest problem with the Raiders… Poor Coaching, Scheme, Development and Identity. We are too far into DA & RM tenure to be in this position, I know we had to deconstruct etc but We are at the point of No More Excuses.. Fill the holes on Offense with real talent and not Hope! At least Reggie M is making the obvious picks and not “reaching” for upside on talent. He knows his job is on the line. We need to quit being our own worst enemy on draft day, hopefully this draft starts to right the ship.