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Khalil Mack eyeing NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year

Rookie outside linebacker intent on making an impact Aaron Wilson

Print This July 03, 2014, 03:34 PM EST

Now that linebacker Khalil Mack is in the NFL, the Oakland Raiders rookie first-round draft pick has set his ambitions on some major goals.

He would like to win the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award.

And he's hoping to sack Denver Broncos star quarterback Peyton Manning, who completed 57 of 65 passes for 640 yards, seven touchdowns, no interceptions and was only sacked twice in two games against the Raiders last season.

“I’m looking forward to playing against Peyton Manning,” Mack said. “I think going against the best quarterback in the game right now is going to be a big deal. Especially if you can put him on his back.”

As for the awards, Mack is hoping for that as well.

“I want to prove that they got a top guy,” Mack said. “My goal for my rookie season is to be defensive rookie of the year.”

And Mack already has November 9 circled on his calendar. That’s when the Broncos come to town, giving Mack his first shot at the quarterback he most wants to hit.

“I’m looking forward to playing against Peyton Manning,” Mack said. “I think going against the best quarterback in the game right now is going to be a big deal. Especially if you can put him on his back.”

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