Could the Oakland Raiders be Moving Khalil Mack to Leo?

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Jan 6, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Florida State Seminoles defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. (15) pressures Auburn Tigers quarterback Nick Marshall (14) during the first half of the 2014 BCS National Championship game at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


After the Raiders got Amari Cooper in the first round, they got Mario Edwards Jr in the second. He had gotten up to 310 pounds at times at Florida State but got down to 279 and showed out at his pro day. And somehow, there are people who have him pegged as the Raiders’ Leo in 2015.

Edwards Jr. told via conference call, “Talking to [Raiders staff], they like me at the 280-285 weight range, so that’s pretty easy to stay at. If they really understood that coming into FSU there was never a set weight for me to be at…the whole motto or the whole goal was as long as you can run and do what we ask you to do I don’t care what your weight is.”

So while you now know why he got so heavy at Florida State now, that 280-285 range is for DE/DT hybrid, not a Leo. Also in the draft, the Raiders got three linebackers, giving the Raiders eight, a lot for a 4-3 team. To me, it looks like their bringing in linebackers for depth at linebacker to free Mack up to be the Leo.

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