The NFL Draft will take place on May 8th and most analysts believe that Jadeveon Clowney will be the first defender available to be taken, but those aren't the views of Merril Hoge.
It's Khalil Mack who Hoge insists should be taken over Clowney in the first round of the draft, with the former running-back claiming that Mack is a better football player than Clowney, who he rates as 'atrocious.'
Pretty harsh words for the former South Carolina defensive end were then followed up by words of praise for linebacker Mack, who Hoge believes has the perfect skill set that will allow him to comfortably transition in the NFL.
"Khalil Mack, we just saw him play outside and inside the tackles. I don't have the words to tell you how hard that is to just go from outside to inside. Khalil Mack can do both," Hoge explained on ESPN.
"That is why when you look at someone like Patrick Willis who can't play as well on the outside as he does on the inside.
"This guy can because he football skill set allows him to transition to the NFL with great success. He plays in every faze that you he can do."
There aren't many college football players that can simply transition to the NFL will ease, and most need a period of learning to truly become great.
Whilst Hoge acknowledges that Mack will have to adjust as well, he does believe that the former University of Buffalo star is worth more than Clowney.
"Sure, he's got a learning curve. But someone who knows how to play the game like he does is lightyears ahead of where Clowney is.
"I would take Mack over Clowney in a heart beat in the first round first pick all day."
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