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Raiders get their man _ Khalil Mack

The Raiders drafted Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack Thursday night with the No. 5 pick in the first round of the NFL draft.

Mack, 6-foot-3 and 251 pounds, is a versatile defender who set school records at Buffalo of the Mid-American Conference with 28.5 sacks, 75 tackles for loss and 16 forced fumbles.

“I’m blessed and proud to be an Oakland Raider,’’ Mack said on the NFL Network after his selection.

South Carolina defensive end Jadaveon Clowney went No. 1 to the Houston Texans, followed by quarterback Blake Bortles of Central Florida and wide receiver Sammy Watkins to the Buffalo Bills.

Although the Raiders return all three starting linebackers _ Sio Moore on the strong side, Nick Roach in the middle and Kevin Burnett on the strong side _ Mack figures to displace one of the outside starters and play a role as a nickel pass rusher.

Going into the offseason, general manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen both talked about upgraded the Raiders pass rush. Mack’s explosiveness is added to the mix along with free agent ends Justin Tuck and LaMarr Woodley.

Some analysts considered Mack to be the top player in the draft. The hope is the Raiders have landed a defender whose skill has been compared to Clay Matthews, Von Miller and Aldon Smith.

“The toughest transition is going to be getting to know grown men in a professional environement,’’ Mack told reporters at the NFL scouting combine. “It’s going to be a transition but I feel like football-wise I’m ready to step in and make an impact any way I can.’’

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Return

    Of course you did. Like I said either to lazy or too stupid to read and THEN form an informed opinion.

  • PlunkforHOF

    Kind of lost a lot of respect for Gruden with the fanboy sht tonight. Sporting wood for every QB, especially JM.

  • DJ Johnny

    Didn’t you hear? NFL ‘seriously considering’ moving draft back an additional 2 weeks to right before Memorial Day next yr.

  • xraided

    reggie is going to have to trade up to get Carr

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    You often leave me no recourse but to joke.

  • PlunkforHOF

    You’re deranged.

  • DJ Johnny

    Can Houston draft yet another Carr after his brother was booed out of town?

  • xraided

    good point. probably not.

    WAS nor CLE need a QB now

    so yes, Carr is a Raider

  • Return

    Of course I am. Right out of Back to basics 101 for White Boys

  • Zymurge

    Sleeping when he should be and getting rested up for day 2. Don’t forget this is a team with many needs, and not in a situation to trade up and chase. Plenty of great options will be left in 4 more picks.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    So your pamphlet is Back to basics 101 for Black Boys?

  • kenchun24

    What!? Greedy azzhole’s I knew it…that will suck for the GM’s & coaches/incoming rookies and this fan.

    NHL/NBA playoff’s, summer movie season has started by then not to mention Memorial Day weekend,ummm duhhh NFL?!

    Looks like my future draft “watching” will be a quick glance from a cell phone and catching up in depth the following Monday lol

  • the super genius dr robert

    Houston will take savage or garappolo.

    Cle and was are possible targets to jump in front of us though.

  • xraided

    we badly need a #1 receiver still.

  • PlunkforHOF

    set, game, match.

  • Return

    No ma’am. My pamphlet is the anti lynch law.

  • Raider O

    Oakland Raiders: Khalil Mack, DE/OLB, Buffalo: A+ Grade
    Absolutely love this pick. Khalil Mack was the No. 2 prospect in the 2014 NFL Draft, so the Raiders are getting great value with the fifth pick, thanks to Jacksonville’s incompetence. Reggie McKenzie signed a bunch of aging pass-rushers this offseason, but they need young blood at the position. Mack might even have a bit of a chip on his shoulder after falling to No. 5, so that makes this selection even sweeter.
    -walter football

  • xraided

    will someone trade up for Carr?

    personally, i want someone to so we can take a receiver here. get Aaron Murray at 67

  • 2romes

    I some of the better wonderlic scores by QB have been avg. to less than avg. players. Throw that in if you want but as championship football goes, it is pretty much meaningless.

    Many scouts have stated The Bridge goes through his progression better than any QB in the draft.

  • the super genius dr robert

    I’ve never made a racist statement u azz clown.

    Ur a race baiting punk.

  • Return

    Again. You actually believe you have gained the moral and intellectual high ground.

    This is why your plaintive wails are such a joke.

  • the super genius dr robert

    Pure racist punk.

  • Zymurge

    One knock on Bridge is that he doesn’t do well in the cold or the wind. Said he should play in the south in a dome.

    So where does he end up? At one of the coldest spots in the NFL in an outdoor stadium, plus two games every year in two more frigid spots, Chicago and Green Bay.

    Brilliant!

  • Zymurge

    Or take the BPA in 4 picks and then get Murray in the 3rd. It’s all good.

  • Return

    This is on page 2.

  • PlunkforHOF

    I really get under your skin, huh Sully. See you up the blog.

  • xraided

    “I’m at the point right now where I’m tired of talking and I want to go out and start proving a little bit of this stuff everybody’s been talking about. I can’t wait. I cannot wait.”

    time to ruin QB’s lives

  • Return

    This is on page seven.

    Black people are just too sensitive when it comes to race. I don’t have a racist bone in my body.

  • the super genius dr robert

    That’s as high as u count eh?

  • DJ Johnny

    I know. They’re also considering moving it of New York and adding a 4th day to it. Milking it for all it’s worth.
    The goal is to keep NFL relevant as much as they can even in offseason.

  • Guest

    from a guy on silverandblackpride.com

  • the super genius dr robert

    It’s all u ever do. White boy this and white boy that.

    Ur mom probably liked white men and ur upset about it.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    And the converse as well. Teddy is touted as being probably the most ready to step right in and play which is why coming here wouldn’t have made much sense. Minnesota might be perfect.

  • Return

    You lying POS. You’re mad because I call you on ALL your crap racial and trollish.

  • PlunkforHOF

    c’mon Doc… That’s feeding his derangement.

  • the super genius dr robert

    Lol. I like making him mad.

  • Return

    The last thing I need is to be defended by you. I can take care of this clown myself.

  • DJ Johnny

    To hear analysts talk about our “aging” free agents, you’d think a guy’s career is over at age 30 nowadays. Obviously not for QB’s since Brady(37) and Manning (39 this yr) are still the most dangerous QB’s in the league…and a guy like Favre had his best yr ever at age 40.

  • the super genius dr robert

    I’ve never tried talking to u. Ur obviously posting under a new handle like a coward. U chase me around, pretending u see racism where it doesn’t exist.

    Ur a joke. A friendless idiot thinking he’s fighting racism on a blog.

    Fool and a tool.

    Ur constantly posting racist garbage. I’ve never done so.

  • PlunkforHOF

    Me too. Been doing it for a long time. But I won’t feed his argument.

  • the super genius dr robert

    Lol. Yeah. Ur taking care of me. Oh no!

  • the super genius dr robert

    Woodley is 29!

    Tuck is 30!

  • Return

    You don’t make me mad. Just the opposite. I’ve exposed you for the fool and troll you are. Your little white friends might come to your aid because it they have to protect the cause (ain’t that right Purvis) at all cost but they still see you as being a fool and worthy of little respect.

  • PlunkforHOF

    The last thing I would do is defend you, Sully.

  • the super genius dr robert

    No one even pays u attention jackazz.

    U have made a post that didn’t have race as it’s subject.

    Ur a one note douche without a single supporter.

    But u do chase me around a lot. Good boy.

  • Return

    Well that’s 1 more than trying to take the average of 1.

    You dare to bring up counting?

    Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!

  • TrevJo

    I do not remember posting that. Drunk. lol

  • the super genius dr robert

    U do know that there is such thing as an average of one right?

    U did graduate high school, no?

  • TrevJo

    Carr is terribad

  • TrevJo

    or not