Nov 29, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Bulls linebacker Khalil Mack (46) waits for the snap against the Bowling Green Falcons at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Reggie McKenzie Travels to Khalil Mack’s Pro Day


Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie was spotted at University of Buffalo linebacker and defensive end Khalil Mack’s pro day in upstate New York. Mack is projected to be a top ten pick with draft experts like Mike Mayock ranking him as the best player in the draft. Despite playing in relative obscurity in Buffalo, Mack has impressed scouts with his size, stats, film, and today with his incredible speed.

At the NFL Combine, Mack ran an official 4.65 40 yard dash but he improved it dramatically at his pro day, albeit with this time with hand-timed results. Mack ran a 4.53-55 which matched fellow top defensive prospect Jadaveon Clowney and because of his production at Buffalo, he is considered a contender for the top pick.

In his career, Mack set University of Buffalo records for sacks (28.5) and Football Bowl Series (FBS) marks for tackles for loss with 75 and forced fumbles with 16. This production came at a lower competition level than Clowney who excelled in the SEC, but Mack has few doubters that think he cannot produce at an NFL level. There is a chance he falls to the Raiders at the 5th pick and some signs point to McKenzie snagging him early.

The Raiders have not drafted or featured a consistent pass rusher perhaps since Derrick Burgess. Lamarr Houston and Sio Moore showed flashes last year and if they can be paired with the 6’3″, 250 pound monster that is Khalil Mack, the Raiders pass rush could be among the league’s best. There is always the chance that he goes in picks one through four or the Raiders trade down, but if he is selected then he could make an instant impact for the Silver and Black.

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  • KloverJane

    Whoever we get, it better be someone that can put the opposing quarterbacks on their ass!

  • Dan Carrillo

    Bold prediction time……Mack will go number one overall to the Texans.

  • John Thomas Hurdle II

    I like Mack truck. Will be well needed in Oakland. I would take him over Clowney. He would open up lanes for Houston. Also he can jam a hole.

  • John Thomas Hurdle II

    Dan I think they go for Clowney, they have Cushing coming back in the Linebacker spot.

  • J K

    Rivers, Manning and Smith must hit the dirt and often

  • Trevor

    Isn’t looking like Houston will be back in oak next season… I like mack… But we could snag Beson via Fa to play the Leo. 250 lbs is just way too small for DE in the NFL. I’d like to see us trade down and target someone like ford or Hageman… I’m going to be SOOO sad if we lose Houston, as he’s the best DE on the market IMO . if you put someone opposite of him on the line he’d hit double digit sacks FOR SURE

  • Trevor

    That’s certainly bold… I don’t see how in the hell that could even be remotely possible… But never know I guess… Clowney is just such an incredibly amazing rare talent tho… Itd be like passing on luck or Megatron, ect…

  • Dan Carrillo

    Mack can play defensive end too.

  • Dan Carrillo

    Haha, I agree that clowney is the most talented prospect and probably a no-brainer as a number one pick; however, how would my prediction have been bold have I selected clowney.
    All kidding aside, I feel Mack is just as special of a prospect as clowney but with less concerns attached to him. In fact, I hope he slides to the raiders. Mack can play both standup outside linebacker and defensive end which gives him greater value than clowney.
    I do think clowney is a special player. However, I feel that his attatude of “I play when I want to” raises concerns about whether or not you can afford to invest with your first overall pick with a player with that type of mindset.
    As a die-hard Raider fan I cannot say that I would want to draft Clowney at the 5th overall pick. I am not sure if he is a team player. you would have to ask yourself if he is a franchise player or will he be just playing to get to his second contract and bail to the highest bidding team. in my eyes, a team with a tip ten selection needs to draft a player they will know will be the face of their franchise for years to come; I’m not sure if clowney is that type of team guy.

  • Trevor

    Haha! Got me there! Lol… I agree … AMD disagree… I’ll ask you this… How many 250lb DE’s are in the NFL?