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.
Word from several sources; Minnesota Vikings heavily leaning towards Zach Mettenberger/QB/LSU in 2nd, looking for LB (Khalil Mack/UB) in 1st
— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) April 1, 2014
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.