Magnifying Mack

Mack is one of the most athletic prospects in the draft.

Small-school draft prospect SUNY Buffalo OLB Khalil Mack, a possible first overall pick, has generated buckets of draft buzz this spring. Mack ranks among the top prospects this draft, but played most of his collegiate games against subpar football squads.

AP Photo/Michael Conroy
AP Photo/Michael Conroy

To kickstart their 2013 college season, Mack’s Bulls traveled to Ohio State to square off against the Buckeyes. In the 40-20 loss against the perennial powerhouse, Mack registered 2.5 sacks and a 45-yard pick six.

Mack dominated Ohio State, but was contained to less than 1.5 sacks versus mostly subpar squads in all but one game throughout the course of the 2013 campaign.

Photo taken by Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News
Photo taken by Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News

On the flip-side, ESPN Analyst and former NFL player Merrill Hoge stated that Mack was the “most dominant football player I’ve ever seen come out of college.” Mack is a very fluid athlete on tape. Mack’s jaw-dropping 4.65 40-yard dash and 40.0 vertical jump give just a taste of his total athleticism.

Mack is often overshadowed by DE Jadeveon Clowney, another freak athlete edge rusher. Standing at a 6’5″, 255-pound frame, the former South Carolina Gamecock clocked a 4.53 40-yard dash during the Scouting Combine.

Mack and Clowney are two of the most talented edge rushers the draft has ever seen, and one will be selected first overall in all likelihood. Mack’s small-school experience and Clowney’s work ethic fog up the franchise-tilting decision.

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