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Khalil Mack taken by Raiders in 2014 NFL Draft

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Khalil Mack has been selected by the Oakland Raiders with the fifth pick in the 2014 NFL draft - after potentially being talked about as the number one overall selection.

Mack has risen up draft boards in recent weeks and firmly cemented his place as an elite defensive talent with performances at both the scouting combine and his Buffalo pro day.

The big linebacker's prospects had been down-played due to the fact that he attended the University of Buffalo, who play in the Mid-American Conference.

Despite playing at a small college program in a weaker conference, Mack showed his NFL mettle by dominating in a game against Ohio State last year. The linebacker kept his team in the game with 2.5 sacks, nine total tackles and one interception in an extremely hostile road environment.

Mack had a great four-year career at Buffalo where he compiled 28.5 sacks, 327 tackles, four interceptions and 16 forced fumbles.

Largely overlooked during his senior year at high school, Mack wore the number 46 at Buffalo coincidentally the same rating that he received during his red-shirt freshman season at college in the EA Sports NCAA Football video game for that season.

Mack has some rawness after playing primarily basketball  throughout his high school days. However his sheer athleticism and disruptive defensive ability will make this prospect a dream to coach up. He can certainly parlay his stellar college career with the Bulls into glory at the professional level.

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