Feb 22, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack speaks at the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Scouting the NFL Draft: OLB Khalil Mack

For a long time now, we have been talking about the Jets’ need for playmakers. Mostly, the discussion has been about offense, and we all know why. But the truth is, the Jets have a need on both sides of the football for playmakers.

The defense couldn’t come up with a big play when it needed one. That needs to change, and with all of the picks the Jets will have in the draft, they can make it happen. Yesterday, we took a look at Justin Gilbert. Today, we are going to take a look at another player that impressed the Jets’ scouts, among other teams. That player is OLB Khalil Mack from Buffalo.

Defense & Fumbles

Tackles Def Int Fumbles
Year School Conf Class Pos G Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk Int Yds Avg TD PD FR Yds TD FF
2010 Buffalo MAC SR LB 12 40 28 68 14.5 4.5 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 2
2011 Buffalo MAC SR LB 12 38 27 65 20.5 5.5 1 23 23.0 0 3 0 0 0 5
2012 Buffalo MAC SR LB 52 42 94 21.0 8.0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4
*2013 Buffalo MAC SR LB 3 56 44 100 19.0 10.5 3 125 41.7 2 7 5
Career Buffalo 186 141 327 75.0 28.5 4 148 37.0 2 22 0 0 0 16

There is no doubt that this is a playmaker. 28.5 sacks while in college, to go with interceptions and forced fumbles? Khalil Mack has a nose for that football.

How did he do at the Combine? He ran the 40 in 4.65 seconds, posted a 40 inch vertical jump, 128 inch broad jump, and 4.18 seconds in the 20 yard shuttle, all top performances. This tells us that Khalil is certainly an explosive player.

Take a look at some video:

Everything Khalil did at the Combine translates into what appeared on this video. Clearly, he has a nose for the football. He has a variety of pass rush moves, with strength and speed, that can beat a lineman on the outside.

He can hit, and he doesn’t miss. Mack also has soft hands to make an interception as well. He has a relentless motor, he doesn’t stop until he gets to that football.

The only thing I have to say about Khalil Mack is the level of competition. At Buffalo, he is not always facing the toughest of competition. There will always be that question when a player comes from a smaller school. Is the player actually ready for the big time?

I believe that Khalil Mack is, and although the Jets’ desperately need offense, it would be tough to argue that this guy isn’t an impact player.

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