Khalil Mack (OLB), Buffalo
6'3" | 251 lbs.
100 tackles, 19 TFL, 10.5 sacks, 3 INT, 2 TD, 7 PD, 5 FF
What the scouts are saying:
"Plays fast in pursuit with very good closing burst. Smooth lateral movements with good range, surging with his hips. Uses his length well to engage, swim and swat and uses a wide array of moves to keep blockers guessing." (Dane Brugler, CBSSports.com)
"He is adept at shedding blocks with the speed and athleticism to be an edge rusher in the NFL. Mack could fit best as a 3-4 outside linebacker. The explosive play-maker should develop into a double-digit sacker quickly after being drafted." (Walter Football)
"A havoc-wreaking rush linebacker with the burst and acceleration to excel as a right defensive end in a "40" front, Mack has demonstrated the instincts, toughness, athletic ability and explosive power to line up at any linebacker position in an even or odd front and factor readily" (Nolan Nawrocki, NFL.com)
Fit for the Bears:
Bears general manager Phil Emery used two of the team's six picks in the 2013 NFL Draft on linebackers, but neither Jon Bostic nor Khaseem Greene made much of an impact during their rookie season. Going into the 2014, Lance Briggs and D.J. Williams are expected to be locks for two of the Bears starting LB positions. Shea McClellin -- after a positional change -- will compete with Bostic for the final starting spot. But, with how poorly the Bears linebackers performed a year ago, it wouldn't be surprising to see Emery bolster the group once again. However, Mack isn't a traditional linebacker. He's an explosive, disruptive, havoc-wrecking rush linebacker that is one of the top talents in the 2014 NFL Draft. Whichever team lands Mack will be lucky, but don't expect it to be the Bears. The chances of Mack slipping past the Top 5 are slim to none.