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Minnesota Vikings Reportedly Might Draft Khalil Mack


Linebacker Khalil Mack had an outstanding four-year collegiate career at the University of Buffalo. This has led to numerous teams being interested in drafting him, including the Minnesota Vikings, according to Tony Pauline’s, DraftInsider.net NFL Draft Analyst and Publisher, twitter handle.

Only Buffalo and Liberty were heavily recruiting Mack while he was in high school. He ended up going to Buffalo and he had a dominant career there.

He enrolled at Buffalo in 2009, but he Redshirted for that season. The following season, 2010 season, he began a superb collegiate career.

Mack was a four-year starting linebacker for the Bulls. In those four seasons, he had 327 total tackles, 75.0 of those tackles were for losses, 28.5 sacks, four interceptions and 16 forced fumbles.

This contributed to him being named a three-time first-team All-MAC, Mid-American Conference, All-American from 2011 to 2013 and a second-team All-American in 2013. By the end of his collegiate career, he had set three school, program, records.

As a four-year starter for all but one game, he set the program record for career sacks, tackles for loss and forced fumbles. He also set the FBS, Football Bowl Subdivision, record for career tackles for loss and forced fumbles, according to CBSSports.com.

Mack’s great success at Buffalo has led to numerous NFL Draft Experts placing him inside the top 10 of their 2014 NFL Mock Drafts or Big Boards. This includes ESPN NFL Draft Insider Mel Kiper Jr. revealing on SportsCenter on Wednesday that Mack is the top player on his Big Board.

There have been reports of NFL teams being interested in drafting Mack. This includes the Vikings, according to Pauline.

Last season, the Vikings’ defense finished 32nd in points allowed, 31st in yards allowed, 31st in passing yards allowed and 16th in rushing yards allowed. They have signed six defensive free agents this off-season; including former Carolina Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn.

The signings are good for the team, but defensive end Jared Allen signed with the Chicago Bears this off-season. The Vikings could really use a player that can help minimize the loss of Allen.

Mack is a good defensive player against the pass and run. He was able in college to beat offensive linemen one-on-one and he was able to successfully coverage offensive players in the passing game.

The Vikings have the eighth-overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. If Mack falls to the eighth-overall pick, then the Vikings might draft him.

Where will Khalil Mack be drafted?

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  • Daniel Laxen

    They MIGHT draft me too? C’mon man!

    • Noah Weintraub

      I will pay close attention during the draft to see if your name gets called. It’s all speculation at this point for the NFL Draft.

  • 3kolu

    Zach Mettenberger in the second is ridiculous! Mack will be gone by the #8 pick.

    • manbearpig01

      There’s a chance Mack could make it to #8 and there’s also a chance that the team could trade up for him.

    • David Mallow

      Metrenberger wouldve been a 1st round pick if not for the injury and the girl whos butt he grabbed didnt cause a big stink.. he is worth every bit of a mid 2nd round pick, and if they trade down in the first and get Mosley.. they will have two 2nd rounders …. just a bonus pick because you got an instant starter on defnese in the first.. not a problem to me

      • 3kolu

        I’d be surprised if Mettenberger goes in the 2nd, remember that 3 interception game versus Ole Miss followed by 2 more at Furman and missing the combine with nothing to measure him against. I’d rather have the Vikings trade for Ryan Mallett with their second rounder. He’s NFL ready right now.

  • Carson Coudriet

    Mack could fall to Minnesota, although it’s really tough to tell as of now. It depends on whether a team like the Falcons or the Bucs choose to go LB, and if they do they could either go Barr or Mack. I’ve heard a lot about Mack going to the Jaguars, but I’m not buying it just yet.

  • Spencer Davis

    It’s not entirely impossible like everyone on here may think. Remember last year, Shariff Floyd was supposed to be a “top 5 pick”. We got him in the middle 20′s. It’s tough to see how the draft will shake out, this is the first year where there is no clear cut number one overall pick. Most years, the first pick is announced a couple weeks before the draft. Anything can happen. I’ve been praying for Mack the whole time and I’m crossing my fingers for him. Crazier things have happened in the draft.

  • mike

    I voted for him to go in the first five. It would not surprise me if he goes #1. If the Vikings could get him at #8 that would be worth more than any of the quarterbacks everybody seems fixated on. This guy is as close as one can get to a guaranteed pro bowler. The qtb’s, who knows.