Oct 19, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Bulls linebacker Khalil Mack (46) makes a tackle during a game against the Massachusetts Minutemen at University of Buffalo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders draft Khalil Mack with fifth overall pick

Oct 19, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Bulls linebacker Khalil Mack (46) makes a tackle during a game against the Massachusetts Minutemen at University of Buffalo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Raider Nation headed into the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft hoping that a little bit of luck would get them one of the top players projected to land in the top five holding a pick that many considered to be likely too late to land any of the outstanding trio of Jadeveon Clowney, Sammy Watkins, or Buffalo’s Khalil Mack when they went on the clock.

Well the Raiders and general manager Reggie McKenzie got lucky thanks to a questionable third overall selection of UCF’s Blake Bortles by the Jacksonville Jaguars, taking Khalil Mack at No. 5 after the Buffalo Bills made a blockbuster deal with Cleveland to select Watkins with the fourth pick.

After expecting a trade down for months after dropping down last year to select DJ Hayden, McKenzie simply had a player in front of him that was too good to pass up in Mack who leading up to the draft was touted by some to be on the same level as Clowney thanks to his versatility at the outside linebacker role.

Mack who is a 6-3, 251 pound pass rushing linebacker, has all the tools to be a standout player for the Raiders for a long time to come.

Mack’s stats provide him with one of the best backgrounds in the draft, if not as arguably the best pass rusher in college football the past two seasons at small school Buffalo. After a junior season with 94 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, 8.0 sacks, 2 passes defended and 4 forced fumbles got him on the radar, Mack managed to improve greatly on those numbers as a senior with 100 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, 7 passes defended, 3 interceptions, and 5 forced fumbles to cement his status as the second best defensive player in the draft behind Clowney.

Holding an NCAA record for career tackles for a loss with 75 as well as being a first team All-American, nobody will be doubting Mack as a worthy fifth pick based on his film which was impressive even when leading the massive underdog Bulls against Ohio State in arguably his best performance in college. The next step for Mack will be getting ready for the next level, but for now the Raiders have themselves a potential future franchise linebacker that they have been looking for since the bust of Rolando McClain. At the moment, there is great hope that Mack alongside 2013 pick Sio Moore can become the faces of the Raiders defense for years to come.

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  • Lethaniel Davenport

    Great pick

  • The Putting Edge

    Sweet…Welcome Khalil Mack to the RaiderNation!!!!!!

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  • Bob

    We were on the same page Chase. Some seem to get caught

    up in playing fantasy football and get wild scenarios that are not playing out. I am extremely happy with the pick.

  • Giovannoni

    Yeahhhh Nice Pick Big Regg!!!

  • Cleveland Glenn Jr.

    This a bad pick a team that should have drafted Mike Evans, Matthews, aaron donald.Thats why this team will stay at the bottom. I been a raiders fan for 25yrs this shit just suck last year pick and now this one when will they learn.

  • Bob

    Defense wins championships.

    A Raiders fan for 50+ years starting at age eight and this is the perfect pick.

  • Jose Espinosa

    Very good pick

  • Bob

    Less is better philosophy.

  • Mark Shafer

    This should be a great shot in the arm

  • James Holtslander

    I like the pick…. Now at least manziel went to Cleveland, so at least I can watch and hope he puts Pittsburgh down twice a year haha.

  • Jaime Olguin

    I love this pick Dennis and Tarver are going to have a field day with this defense, hope we land some great
    corners and defenses linemen, we need a wideout.

  • David-Sandra Saenz

    Cleveland you aren’t a fan you silly rabbit.this was a great povk

  • David-Sandra Saenz

    I ment great pick

  • Brutus

    Agree completely. As good as they are, how many rings do the Cards and Lions have with Fitzgerald and Johnson? I think RM would have liked to trade down, but he was not going to give up
    Mack without a very good trade partner. He couldn’t find a worthy dance partner.
    The Raiders might grab Carr in the second unless they really like Savage. If the latter, they will trade back or try to get him in the third. If they try to use their third for Savage, they may have to move up – but they don’t have much to trade since they weren’t able to move down in the first. Don’t look for RM to give up Round 1-4 picks next year in a trade. I don’t see us moving up this draft unless we include a player or use picks that we acquire by moving down in the second. The only picks likely on the table this year are our sevens. They are hopeful that any QB they draft will ride the pine for 2-3 years behind Schaub.
    Raiders fan for 40 years starting at age 10.

  • KloverJane

    Mack attack!

  • Raider Grant

    Hope Mack lives up to the hype, I need new jersey since the last one I bought turned out to be a bust(McClowns)! Solid pick & we can really add to D or still grab a great WR if we don’t chase after another QB! Go Raiders

  • Charles Vasquez

    Khalil Mack welcome to the BLACK HOLE!

  • http://batman-news.com Otis60

    Fantastic pick and very lucky he was still there at #5. I said all along that they needed an IMPACT defender, and they got the best player in the draft in terms of impact. It would be equally great if Carr gets past Houston and is there for us in round 2, if he’s gone, we either need to take Nix from Notre Dame to plug the middle of the D-Line or trade down to get more picks. Carr has great potential to be the QB of the future that we’ve been in need of since Gannon, if he’s not there, we need to go defense, defense, defense…

  • BackToTheBlackHole

    No need to rush a QB pick. WAY too many top guys at other positions we could nab or even trade back and acquire.

  • James

    I am still not sure why people are complaining about not taking a receiver? You just spent money to bring in an above average free agent in James Jones. He is a great possession receiver. You have Holmes who was a stud as soon as he and McGloin started clicking. Streater is young and full of talent. Moore is up and down, but can work very well in a receiver rotation. Butler will only get better which is scary to think that is the 5th receiver on this team. There is no trade value for Moore really, so bringing in a receiver would just put too many on the team and one of them would be a wasted roster spot. I understand there were some potential super star receivers there, but Mack is that potential defensive leader that can now learn from great veteran’s (or guys too old to play the game according to the media).

    As far as a QB goes, I am happy with what is currently on the roster. If AJ or Mettenberg fall to the third or fourth round, I would maybe take a chance there. Other than that, the defense was falling apart late in games last year because of no solid depth. When your offense is top 10 – 15 in the league in scoring most of the season and you only win 4 games, that makes it pretty clear where your problem is. If there is a good corner they like that is who they should take. Maybe a DL or OL in 3 or 4. If Mack sucks, all of the same people praising Reggie will be saying he blew another draft. Just remember that he is the correct pick and Reggie did a good job. Sio Moore, Rivera, Watson, Haden will all be solid players. I am not as Anti Reggie as other guys when it comes to his evaluating talent and drafting solid players. He made the correct pick with Mack, and he traded back instead of reaching for Haden last year. Until the Raiders took him, DJ and Milner were a toss up for the top corner on the board. Only after he was a Raiders pick did it become a reach. Reggie has a plan and I like it. It is slow and painful to watch, and DA still makes too many coaching mistakes, but overall, I like where this is heading. As i am every year, I am excited to watch the Raiders play.

  • BackToTheBlackHole

    If Latimer is there at that #4 pick this next round, we need to get him.

  • BackToTheBlackHole