Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo
The Raiders are currently in a situation where they could draft at almost position to improve their roster. That is not to say that they have a very weak roster: they picked up a lot of potential talent in free agency with the signings of Matt Schaub, Maurice Jones-Drew, James Jones, Donald Penn, Austin Howard. Justin Tuck, LaMarr Woodley, Antonio Smith, Tarell Brown, and Carlos Rogers. However, a lot of these players could be thought of as past their prime, and the pressure is on Reggie McKenzie and Dennis Allen to bring in impact players with a bright future in the league through the draft.
So I'm mocking Khalil Mack to the Raiders.
Jack Lambert Award winning Khalil Mack is a four year starter for Buffalo who led his team in sacks all four years. He currently holds the NCAA record for most forced fumbles in a career at 16, and is tied for first with 75 tackles for loss. His senior stat line is as follows: 100 tackles, 56 solo, 44 assists, 19 tackles for loss for -98 yards, 10.5 sacks for -79 yards, 3 interceptions for 125 yards and 2 TDs, 10 passes defended, 3 fumbles recovered, and 5 forced fumbles. He is willing to play a variety of positions, in one interview stating that he didn't want to limit himself and spent time with the defensive line, linebackers, and defensive backs to keep himself sharp.
The Oakland Raiders were tied for 18 last season with 38 sacks. Lamarr Houston led the team with 6. Houston is gone now, and Tuck and Woodley have been added. However, both have been in decline, the Steelers resigning of Jason Worilds being one sign of this, and Justin Tuck being available to sign that the Giants, who love defensive ends, didn't value him anymore. Both of these veterans could mentor the rookie Mack to become a truly dominant player for the post-Al Davis Raiders.
Thanks to all the CSC members who participated in this year's community mock draft. Without your help, none of this would be possible.
Below are the complete results from our community mock draft.
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|Pick||Team||Selection||Team Representative||Approval Rating|
QB Teddy Bridgewater - Louisville
|2||St. Louis Rams||DE Jadeveon Clowney - South Carolina||Kevin Sean Held||57%|
|3||Jacksonville Jaguars||QB Johnny Manziel - Texas A&M||Alex Swift|
|4||Cleveland Browns||WR Sammy Watkins - Clemson||Shadow Flash|
|5||Oakland Raiders||LB Khalil Mack - Buffalo||Khannar|
|6||Atlanta Falcons||Dave Choate|
|7||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||russty|
|10||Detroit Lions||Monkey Poop Battle|
|13||St. Louis Rams||hooahsaint2.0|
|16||Dallas Cowboys||Ryan Edwards|
|17||Baltimore Ravens||Tee Word|
|18||NY Jets||Monkey Poop Battle|
|20||Arizona Cardinals||Alex Swift|
|21||Green Bay Packers||BlackandGold4ever|
|23||Kansas City Chiefs||coldpizza|
|25||San Diego Chargers||---|
|26||Cleveland Browns||Shadow Flash|
|27||New Orleans Saints||Dave Cariello|
|28||Carolina Panthers||Ryan Edwards|
|29||New England Patriots||Shadow Flash|
|30||San Francisco 49ers||saintmanumit|