Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo (4)
First off, I could see this pick making a move on draft day. The Falcons could easily trade-up with the Rams to pick someone they want earlier. If it stays as is though I see the Falcons drafting Khalil Mack. As much as I would love to see Khalil Mack fall to the Tennessee Titans, I don’t see him making it past the Falcons who desperately need pass rushers and linebacker help. Mack had a fantastic combine and pro day and has seen his stock stay strongly in place as a top-ten pick. Many scouts have even compared Mack’s ability to that of Jadeveon Clowney, which is a statement. The Falcons would get immediate support in the middle and an absolute playmaker who brings both a devastating rush on the quarterback or can drop back in coverage.
Atlanta desperately needs help in the pass rush, but the talk of the Falcons moving up to grab Jadeveon Clowney seems to be based only on history. Just because they’ve made a similar move before doesn’t mean they will assuredly do it this year. When they traded up to grab Julio Jones they were deemed “one piece away from a Super Bowl.” Well – where is that Super Bowl? Atlanta doesn’t have too many glaring holes, but they need their draft picks to build depth in other places where stars are aging. They’ll be ecstatic to land a pass-rusher at No. 6 that some to believe on Clowney’s level from a physical standpoint.
It is no secret that Atlanta is in need of a quality pass-rusher. They could possibly look to trade up to select DE Jadeveon Clowney. If they stay in the #6 slot, OLB Khalil Mack might be there for the taking. The Buffalo product is one of the top defensive players in the entire draft. He would fill a huge need and is a great value here assuming he slides out of the top 5.
-It was hard to have a player of Macks caliber “slipping” to pick no. 6, but I just didn’t see any of the other teams selecting him. The Falcons have been rumored to possibly be a team looking to move up, which is silly, considering they are a team with more than just “one” need, but they are convinced they are close to a Super Bowl run. The Falcons are in dire need of pass rushers and play makers on the defensive side of the ball. Mack would fill both of those needs. His versatility to play with his hand in the dirt or standing up is coveted in today’s NFL with the multiple exotic looks that defenses are using.