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With Mack available, Raiders keep pick

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Reggie McKenzie said he fielded some phone calls Thursday night from teams interested in trading for the Raiders’ first pick at No. 5 in the NFL draft.

Then Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack became available.

“Once Khalil fell to us, we had a couple of calls,’’ McKenzie said. “At that point, I wasn’t taking ‘em.’’

Mack was only the third linebacker ever taken in the first round by the Raiders, following Rolando McClain (No. 8 in 2010) and Rob Fredrickson (No. 22 in 1994).

But it was clear listening to coach Dennis Allen that while Mack is listed as a linebacker, his primary responsibility will be rushing the passer.

At 6-foot-3, 251 pounds, Allen compared Mack to Von Miller, who was the second overall selection out of Texas A&M when he was defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos in 2011.

Miller was the NFL defensive rookie of the year with 11.5 sacks, had 18.5 sacks in his second season and has 35 sacks in 40 NFL games.

“The thing that was really attractive about Khalil Mack is he understands how to rush the passer, and he understands how to rush the passer with power,’’ Allen said. “I see a lot of similarities between he and Von Miller.’

Mack has also been compared with Green Bay outside linebacker Clay Matthews, who was drafted by the Packers when McKenzie was a personnel executive.

At Buffalo of the Mid-America conference, Mack started 48 games with 28.5 sacks, 75 tackles for losses and an NCAA career record of 16 forced fumbles. It helped that Mack was dominant against Ohio State in the season opener in 2013 with 2.5 sacks, nine tackles and a 45-yard interception return for a touchdown.

“It had to do very well for my stock . . . just knowing the stage it was on, knowing it was the first game of the year and they were ranked so high, it benefited me a lot,’’ Mack said.

Jadaveon Clowney, the No. 1 overall pick by Houston out of South Carolina, was generally considered the top defensive player available, but Mack had his supporters _ NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock among them. Mack said at the NFL scouting combine he indeed considered himself No. 1.

Still does, as a matter of fact.

“I think that I am, but even then I’m at the point now where I’m tired of talking and I want to go out and start proving a little bit if this tuff everybody’s been talking about. I can’t wait. I cannot wait.’’

Linebacker was the only position group where the Raiders returned all three starters _ Sio Moore on the strong side, Nick Roach in the middle and Kevin Burnett on the weak side.

Allen wasn’t getting into specifics as to how Mack would be used, but he called him a “three-down player’’ and made it clear much would be expected of the rookie.

“I’m not going to get into exactly where he’s going to play,’’ Allen said. “I’ll tell you this _ he’s going to obviously have a big role in what we’re going to do and he’ll be a guy that we’re going to use to send after the quarterback in a variety of different ways.’’

Mack said Allen spoke of his role in general terms.

“We discussed having my hand down, discussed playing a little outside linebacker,’’ Mack said. “I’m ready, man. I’m ready to go play football.’’

Coming out of Westwood High in in Ft. Pierce, Fla., Mack wasn’t heavily recruited. It’s a slight he said he carries to this day for motivation.

When the Buffalo Bills traded for Cleveland’s pick at No. 4, it occurred to Mack he may not have to change zip codes.

When asked by a reporter if he was afraid he would have to spend his whole life in Buffalo, Mack laughed heartily.

“I was like, `Yo, I’ve got a lease right now up in Buffalo. I might be keeping it,’ ‘’ Mack said. “That’s crazy.’’

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  • Rico Stifler

    No doubt about it but since it’s the Pats…. Easley is who they needed apparently.

  • JV.

    Pats taking a guy with repeated acl issues.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Mack set a record for tackles for loss, 75. Plus, had better numbers in one game against OSU than the clown had all year.

  • marks hair

    Devante Adams

  • the super genius dr robert

    Thanks to several reaches in the first (ward, James, roby, Benjamin, Buchanan, Easley, smith), there are great options available to is tomorrow. Trade back may be in order.

    QB Carr
    WR Lee, Robinson, Latimer
    DL Nix, Jernigan, Tuitt, hageman
    OT Kouandjioe, Moses

  • Rico Stifler

    Yeah, Marcus Smith was a sizable reach. Expected late second, third round pick.

  • Marley Bob

    A name for you…..Warren Sapp, drug related drop…draft Timmy no big deal.

  • Ron69

    i believe we’ve got the best player since……….. maybe Woodson, Nnamdi comes to mind but he won’t be in the HOF anytime soon.

  • the super genius dr robert

    CB and FS coming in 3rd and 4th.

  • _Mista_

    From left to right:
    Lloyd Christmas, Freckles the Clown, Cris Christie, Dennis the Menace.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    I wouldn’t hate Carr in the 2nd round which is pretty much the nicest thing i’ve said about him. I’d take just about any of those guys on that list.

  • Ian

    The Eagles fans were pissed haha. Universally with that pick.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Yea. Could you imagine? But Bellicheat is a genius. Nevermind that he hasn’t won a FCKING thing since the league stopped him from cheating.

  • Chris in NY

    Not to cr@p on the Mack lovefest, but I wish this was the OLB we picked up in this draft in Rd 2, which seems far-fetched right now. Honestly, I see this cat putting on the gold jacket in about 2030: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2tL4xUZP_8

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Manziel, especially with a team where quarterbacks go to die.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Hoping for Chris Davis out of Auburn in the 4th so we can finally solve the damn return game problem and he can be decent corner depth behind Brown, Hayden and Rogers.

  • RediaR

    Honestly I hope we pass on safety.

  • Rico Stifler

    I was laughing so hard with how excited those Browns fans were at drafting Manziel…lol

  • the super genius dr robert

    Burris wasn’t touted as the best player in the draft.

  • Marley Bob

    Sammy’s brother at CB in the 4th, underrated, versatile DB.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    I don’t know, our best option at FS right now is a 37 year old. That’s not good.

  • Rico Stifler

    The Browns have drafted their third QB with the 22nd overall pick. That pick is jinxed for them. Kinda like how the #2 jersey is jinxed for us.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Wow. I forgot about Fauria. Maybe they just didn’t know who to pick? Was a head scratcher w Pettigrew. Now it just makes no sense at alll.

  • 2romes

    Is there any DT worth talking about in the 2nd round?

  • the super genius dr robert

    Woodson is done after this year. Dion Bailey would be a starter next year.

  • Marley Bob

    Night…

  • xraided

    Van Noy is an ILB i thought?

    i do want him as well

  • Miamiraider78

    Davis is just an odd looking fella. Lol Good pic and caption

  • RediaR

    I know. I just am not a fan of any of the guys left. Maybe a dart late, but there is way too much value at other positions.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Stephon Tuitt, Louis Nix, Timmy Jernigan and my personal favorite of the group, Ra’Shede hageman

  • Rico Stifler

    That was funny. lol. The guy was cheering then he stopped and had that confused WTF?! look on his face. lol

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Fair point

  • the super genius dr robert

    Nix, Tuitt, hageman, Jernigan.

  • Marley Bob

    Jaylen Watkins that is

  • Ian

    yeahhh. And thats probably the only name you can throw out there who actually came out and didn’t fail. The list who DID end up falling off the map is pretty long. Failed test leading up to the NFL draft? Huge red flag.

  • Just Win Baby

    I would do Johnny football’s mom. Just saying…..

  • 2romes

    I will look for some clips on these guys.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    The experts all agreed it was a really good pick. “Smart” they called it.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Did you see the dress Mama Lewan was rockin’? Cougar on the prowl.

  • RaidO

    Yeah he had a pretty good year in 2012= 13 sacks.. Kind of fell off in 2013 though but so did Clowney

  • Rico Stifler

    I thought 9 was a lil high for Barr and I don’t get Steelers drafting another OLB when they need CBs badly.

    On the flip side, i thought the Packers had one of the better picks getting Clinton-Dix at 21.

  • the super genius dr robert

    Tuitt is my fav player in the draft.

  • _Mista_

    She is sporting a tremendous rack.

  • xraided

    Ford is strictly a DE. i’m scared of those 3 on the field at once.

  • Breaking_Black

    Lol. NFL network was showing clips of Goodell announcing picks..
    They showed the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th…then jumped to 22nd.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Mack doesn’t keep us from taking Van Noy. But to me him, Skov and Zumwault r all basically the same player. And may be had in the 3rd. But I’d be ok w Van Noy tomorrow.

  • the super genius dr robert

    Mack and cheesing?

  • RediaR

    Well played NFL. Well played.

  • Chris in NY

    Just an absurd amount of big-time plays. I have no idea why this guy is still available. Teams will be kicking themselves for years.

  • Just Win Baby

    no, I missed that. I won’t research stats online because I am too lazy, but I will try to find a pic of a hot cougar in a tight dress.