Nov 29, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Khalil Mack will wear number 52

PHOTO BY TONY GONZALES/RAIDERS.COM

PHOTO BY TONY GONZALES/RAIDERS.COM

It’s definitely official, the Oakland Raiders have signed their 1st Round Draft Pick Khalil Mack.  Mack will receive a 4-year contract worth $18.67 million with a 5th year option.  All of the contract money is guaranteed per NFL Insider Albert Breer.  This is very comforting given the fact that Raider Nation has watched many of Oakland Raiders previous 1st Round Draft Picks holdout for contracts in the past.  This should speed along the other Draft Pick signings, which will ensure 100% participation in OTA’s and Training Camp.

When Khalil Mack arrived in Oakland, CA, he was asked what number he would wear, given that he could not wear the #46 due to being a LB (#’s 50-59).  Mack wasted no time and stated he wanted to wear the #52.  Once he was signed, he immediately donned the #52.  When asked why he wanted the #52 Mack stated, “Ray Lewis (Baltimore Ravens LB) wore the #52, and he was one of my idols.”  If Mack can have the career that Lewis had, minus the off-field incidents, then Raider Nation is in for an exciting ride.

Mack will now join other notable players who have worn the #52 like Kirk Morrison, Quentin Groves, and Philip Wheeler (Last 10 years).  I believe that Mack will outplay all of those previous players combined, and he will soon become a dominant force along the defensive line of the Oakland Raiders.

I don’t know how the rest of Raider Nation feels, but I can’t wait to see Mack in action with Sio Moore, Justin Tuck, Nick Roach, Kevin Burnett, LaMarr Woodley, Antonio Smith, Stacey McGee, Pat Sims, Justin Ellis, etc…  The more I look at the defensive player’s on this roster, the more excited I get.  Oh, that’s just the LB’s and DL, which doesn’t even touch upon the CB’s and S’s.  Then I start thinking about the offensive personnel, and I believe the NFL has the Raiders seriously underrated.

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