NFL Mock Draft 2014: Oakland Raiders Select Khalil Mack

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With the fifth overall pick in the 2014 Canal Street Chronicles community mock draft, the Oakland Raiders (represented by Khannar) select...

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.

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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.

Catch up with all of the mock draft selections in our 2014 CSC Community Mock Draft Hub.

Pick Team Selection Team Representative Approval Rating
1 Houston Texans QB Teddy Bridgewater - Louisville
Tee Word 30%
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
8 Minnesota Vikings
JackMarzullo
9 Buffalo Bills
Letloosethedogsofwar
10 Detroit Lions
Monkey Poop Battle
11 Tennessee Titans
Lostastic
12 NY Giants
Khannar
13 St. Louis Rams
hooahsaint2.0
14 Chicago Bears
BlackandGold4ever
15 Pittsburgh Steelers
saintmanumit
16 Dallas Cowboys
Ryan Edwards
17 Baltimore Ravens
Tee Word
18 NY Jets
Monkey Poop Battle
19 Miami Dolphins
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20 Arizona Cardinals
Alex Swift
21 Green Bay Packers
BlackandGold4ever
22 Philadelphia Eagles
organictallman
23 Kansas City Chiefs
coldpizza
24 Cincinnati Bengals
coldpizza
25 San Diego Chargers
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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
31 Denver Broncos
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32 Seattle Seahawks
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