Kahlil Mack – Linebacker – Buffalo
Going into the game Mack was not the highest-rated prospect in the game, but after his performance he came out as the best. The 6-3, 248-pound linebacker registered 6 tackles, 1 assist, 2 sacks, 2 QB pressures and an interception that he returned for 45 yards and a touchdown (he also had a 3rd sack called back as mentioned above). Mack has been a dominant player in the Mid-American Conference for 2 years and yesterday he showed the nation how good he is.
He can be a dominant pass rusher as well as a consistent run stopper and pass defender. He has great size to play linebacker to go along with very good speed and overall athleticism. He is strong and explosive, a top competitor and is a very quick reactor. He played so well in the first half that Ohio State adjusted its blocking so he would get constantly doubled or chipped.
I have seen Mack play 3 times while in the last 2 years and going into the season I thought he may have a chance to be a 2nd round pick. That thinking now has to be adjusted. If he continues to play like he did against Ohio State he could very well be a first round pick. Mack is a perfect fit to play OLB in a 3-4 but he can also be a Sam linebacker in a 4-3 and be used as a DE in passing situations. This is a very talented player who is no longer under the radar.