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Kirwan mock goes local for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on April 19, 2014 – 6:34 am

The Bills have long been handed offensive tackles and wide receivers in 2014 mock drafts. NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan took a different approach.

Kirwan went for Buffalo’s less talked about need of defensive end. With Jerry Hughes entering the final year of his contract, the Bills may need to have another option opposite Mario Williams unless they can get an extension completed with Hughes, who burst onto the Buffalo scene with 10 sacks last season after the trade with Indianapolis. Here was Kirwan’s take on the Bills pick at nine.

9. Buffalo Bills – Khalil Mack, DE/OLB, Buffalo: Doug Marrone knows the value of a 10-year starter at left tackle but with Matthews gone the local pass rusher is a solid option. They may consider Taylor Lewan instead.

Kirwan has had Lewan as his pick for the Bills for a while and he had Jake Matthews going to Atlanta at six in his mock draft.


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Mack will carry MAC chip into NFL

Posted by Chris Brown on March 4, 2014 – 2:05 pm

UB OLB Khalil Mack is widely seen as a top 10 draft prospect. After performing at the University at Buffalo pro day in Orchard Park, Mack made it clear his draft stock will have little impact on his motivation to prove he belongs in the NFL.

Mack still carries a chip on his shoulder from being lightly recruited and for being knocked for playing in the Mid-American conference.

“I set goals for myself. I want to continue to work hard and get better. I don’t feel like this is my final goal in a sense,” he said. “I feel like there’s a lot more that I’ve got to prove especially coming out of the MAC conference. I feel like I’ve got to go out there and dominate on the next level and I’m ready to do that.”

 

Mack doesn’t feel it puts any more pressure on him to succeed, but he does want to show opponents they better not underestimate him when he’s lined up against them.

“There’s not a label on you, but they’re taking it for granted, but until they feel what you’re coming off the edge with and hitting them in the mouth, I feel like that’s what I’m out to prove,” he said.


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Khalil Mack’s full workout line

Posted by Chris Brown on February 24, 2014 – 5:12 pm

While UB pass rusher Khalil Mack is certainly going to raise the profile of the University at Buffalo’s football program when he’s made a 2014 top 10 pick in the draft in May, here’s a look at Mack’s workout line at the NFL Combine today (Monday).

This is where Mack ranked in his position group of linebackers.

vertical leap – 40 inches rank 2nd
broad jump – 10’8″ – rank tied for 2nd
40 yard dash – 4.65 – rank tied for 4th
20-yard shuttle – 4.18 seconds – rank 4th
3 cone drill – 7.08 seconds – rank 10th
bench press – 23 reps – rank tied for 11th

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Big weekend for UB linebacker

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 22, 2014 – 6:10 pm

There are going to be a lot of eyes on UB Bulls Khalil Mack when he takes the field at the NFL combine with the rest of the linebackers Monday. And many observers may wonder how a relatively obscure prospect at the start of last fall became one of the top prospects in the draft playing for Buffalo in the Mid-American Conference.

Mack says he’s proud of the UB football program and the coaches who helped develop him into a top draft prospect.

“We have good talent, we have great coaches,” he told reporters Saturday at the combine. “We had Coach Turner Gill who recruited me. We have Jeff Quinn who came in and stamped us with a great staff-Coach William Inge and Coach Lou Tepper, my linebacker coaches when I was there. I feel like they help us get ready for this great league.”

As far as the combine, Mack has an agenda for his on-field workouts.

“I can show that I have good feet, I have good hands,” he said. “But…I feel like I showed all I have on film, and hopefully I can stamp it this weekend.”

Mack measured in at 6-2½, 251 pounds at the combine, but those numbers don’t seem to impress him.

“That’s pretty solid,” he said. “But it doesn’t matter-height-weight—I like to play football.”
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Khalil Mack “I love Mike Mayock”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 22, 2014 – 5:10 pm

He hasn’t played a down of football since the UB Bulls ended their season in late December. But linebacker Khalil Mack has seen his stock in the NFL draft shoot up like a rocket since then.

At the NFL combine in Indianapolis, NFL Network Draft Analyst Mike Mayock told a Minneapolis radio station Friday night that Mack is at the top of his list–the number one prospect in the NFL Draft.

Mack had nothing but thanks for Mayock when he took the podium in Indy Saturday afternoon.

“Mike Mayock’s the man, he’s the man,” Mack said. “I want to prove him right. I’ve been working hard these past five-six weeks and I’m ready to grind and get out there and work out.”

Mack indicated he doesn’t feel any extra pressure after getting Mayock’s seal of approval.

“The thing about Mike Mayock, again, I love him..” he said, “but I just want to keep proving myself. I want to be the best. I don’t know who you guys talk to but in anything, my dad always taught me, you want to be the best in anything and everything that you do.’

Mack and the rest of the combine linebackers are scheduled to work out on the field Monday in Lucas Oil Stadium.

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Mayock: UB’s Mack fits any system

Posted by Chris Brown on February 19, 2014 – 2:58 pm

There are a lot of reasons why UB MAC Defensive Player of the Year Khalil Mack is seen as a top 10 draft prospect. One of the ones that often sits further down on his list of assets, but holds significance for NFL talent evaluators is his scheme versatility.

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock believes Mack, whom he considers a top five player, fits whatever defensive front a team might want to play.

“I think he could play with his skill set and his ability to drop, his ability to cover I think he could play SAM or WILL to be honest with you.  He’s 6 3, 248.  You could line him up on a tight end and he’d be okay.

“I think the important thing is that if you are drafting him as a 4-3 team you have to make sure that in nickel and sub situations, you’re freeing him up to go get the quarterback and in today’s NFL, because of the versatility in defenses, I think that’s fine.

“4-3 teams are doing all kind of different things in sub packages, and I think that’s why I just call them edge guys.  I think he’s the most, after [Jadeveon] Clowney, I think he’s the most gifted edge guy in this class, and I think regardless of your scheme, you need to draft them and play them.”

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Kiper: UB’s Mack could shine at Combine

Posted by Chris Brown on February 6, 2014 – 2:42 pm

UB OLB Khalil Mack is considered one of the top pass rushing prospects in the 2014 NFL draft class. Being an elite athletic prospect, ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper believes Mack could really wow NFL talent evaluators at the NFL Combine in a couple of weeks.

Kiper believes a strong workout performance by Mack, could potentially vault Mack into the top five or even top three territory.

“Mack could have an incredible Combine workout and could really shoot up (the board),” said Kiper on a national conference call Thursday. “I have him going seven right now to Tampa Bay, but he could shoot up into the mix at three very easily.”


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Mock draft goes OLB for Bills at 9

Posted by Chris Brown on February 6, 2014 – 9:24 am

With the NFL Combine a couple of weeks away the mock drafts are heating up. CBSSports.com’s Rob Rang has put together his latest mock draft and has the Bills taking the top ranked prospect who played his college ball in closest proximity to One Bills Drive.

Rang has Buffalo taking UB’s Khalil Mack with the ninth overall pick. Here’s his analysis.

9. BUFFALO BILLS

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Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo: With Mario Williams, Kyle Williams and impressive rookie Kiko Alonso leading the way, the Bills quietly emerged as one of the NFL’s top defenses in 2013 – at least against the pass. While ranking second in sacks (57) and fourth overall against the pass, the Bills fell short against the run, allowing 128.9 yards per run, fifth-worst in the NFL. Mack, the all-time leader in FBS history with 16 forced fumbles and tied for the all-time lead with 75 career tackles for loss over his career, would make sense from a schematic and geographic perspective.

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Savage: UB’s Mack won’t play in Senior Bowl

Posted by Chris Brown on January 15, 2014 – 2:17 pm

University at Buffalo pass rusher Khalil Mack is not going to be a participant in next weekend’s Senior Bowl. That according to the Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage.

In an appearance on the John Murphy Show, Savage confirmed that he Mack will not be practicing or playing in the game down in Mobile next week.

“We don’t (expect to see him next week),” Savage told Murphy. “I already spoke to his representation. He’s one of those players who is considered to be at least in the top half of the first round. He feels he’s done enough on tape and through his college career and he doesn’t want to take the chance of possibly getting injured or miss a week of getting ready for the Combine. He’s going to bypass on the game.

“I think it’s more of an agent decision because Khalil is very competitive. We certainly were hopeful that he would accept the invite and come down participate in the week. It goes beyond your draft status. It’s a great week to meet a lot of people in the NFL.”

Mack was the Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year, but coming from a non-power conference there are some that feel Mack could still have something to gain by participating in the week of practices and the game. 

“I definitely agree with you on that in terms of getting them on the same stage in the same drills,” said Savage. “There’s no question that small school players can really help themselves. And Eric Fisher is probably the best example last year. He came into our week probably rated somewhere from 10-20 in the first round and based off his work in Mobile and the Combine he moved all the way up to number one. There were a number of small school players that saw that jump too Robert Alford from Southeastern Louisiana and he ended up going in the second round to the Falcons.”

Of course there are others who believe his draft stock won’t be impacted at all.


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