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Mack makes first trip to West Coast

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Khalil Mack took the culture shock in stride Friday at his first visit to the Raiders’ facility.

At age 23 and joined by his parents for an introductory press conference, the Buffalo linebacker had plenty of support and was still getting his bearings after going No. 5 in the NFL draft Thursday to the Raiders.

It was Mack’s first trip to California _ he’d never been farther West than Texas _ but it didn’t approach his move five years earlier from Fort Pierce, Fla., to Buffalo, N.Y.

“I think it was October and it was 50 degrees and I saw people walking around in shorts and tank tops and I was confused,’’ Mack said. “I had on the thickest jacket I could have and everyone was looking at me like I was crazy.

“It was a transition, but I got used to it. After I awhile I was walking around in tank tops and shorts in 50 degree weather. Now I’m on the West Coast.’’

After a redshirt season, Mack set NCAA records for forced fumbles (16) and tackles for losses (78) to go along with a school-record 28.5 sacks. One of the appeals for general manager Reggie McKenzie was Mack’s experience level during a time when so many players are leaving after their junior year.

Mack exuded conference and resolve Friday in an approximately 15-minute session with the media.

“Coming to the professional level, guys are going to be just as talented if not more talented than I am,’’ Mack said. “There are certain things you have to do to make sure you play fundamentally sound, use the right technique, and do it right every time.’’

He said he considered coming out after his junior year, but was talked out of it by his mother Yolanda, who was sitting in an auditorium seat proudly wearing a Raiders cap. Mack said he wanted to be a top tier prospect and realized he needed to be a force in the Mid-American conference.

“I knew I had to go out and show my dominance as a man and now that I’m talking to you I feel that I’ve done that, and now it’s over and I have to go out and do it again,’’ Mack said.

McKenzie said he expected Mack to have some special teams responsibilities but would leave his use on defense to the coaches. Mack, when asked about what uniform number he would wear, said he was thinking about “52 . . . if that’s not too soon.’’

Said McKenzie: “It can’t come soon enough.’’

Mack said his sideline-to-sideline zeal and competitive nature comes from his father.

“He’s a prideful and competitive guy and he doesn’t like to lose and I don’t like to lose so you’ll rarely see me get beat up in any sense of the game because I don’t like to lose,’’ Mack said. “If I get beat once, you won’t beat me again.’’

Sandy Mack said Khail was given no breaks just because he was the youngest.

“I taught my boys to be competitive,’’ Sandy Mack said. “We like to win. We didn’t have no pity in our house. I’ve got three boys, and we were kind of rough around the edges. The only girl in the house was mom.’’

Mack’s interview with the Raiders at the NFL scouting combine got off to a rocky start when he mentioned the club’s one-sided loss to the Tampa Bay Bucs in the Super Bowl. He was also confused when talking to McKenzie, believing the general manager had been personally scouting his practices at Buffalo.

The Raiders regional scout in the northwest, Raleigh McKenzie, is Reggie’s twin brother. The Raiders bring Mack in for a pre-draft visit to the facility, so he wasn’t sure what to think.

“I thought, `I didn’t get an invite or nothing?,’ ‘’ Mack said. “It just shows you how this process is, and I’m glad to be here.’’

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Raider-Fan-inKC

    So far I like this draft Good job Reg, a WR and ton of defensive depth would make this draft perfect

  • lefty12

    You’re right.A jammed shoulder would have no effect on a QB throwing the ball,avoiding pressure.

  • william banks

    please we need defense not another QB

  • kuhlest

    your fandom has completely flipped you to the opposite side ….maybe you should take a break

  • irjonny

    ok Al Davis’ clone, here’s the truth. Derek Carr is a future franchise QB. like Aaron Rodgers (not comparing talent but sitting under a vet winner) if we don’t draft the top QB on the board eventually we will never have a franchise QB. defense comes and goes…..not QBs. Draft for future, not tomorrow especially after round 1. lots of qb needy teams are pissed we got Carr. promise you

  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    Martin, Nix, TUitt, Ealy,Jernigan….hope one falls or Reg tosses D. Moore to someone and gets back in this thing…

  • irjonny

    also manning is almost done and they have no QB. we do. cmon man i know there was lots of D talent but we got the best QB in the draft. it ain’t so bad

  • 1960AutumnWind

    He might if he got more than that McGloin is cheap.

  • lefty12

    Lee played last year also so was he injured or just nicked?

  • irjonny

    davante adams

  • irjonny

    yay!!! Derek Carr is a beast. so is Mack. great draft so far.

  • william banks

    Stop right there,how can you say that he’s a future HOFamer when he’s not even proven in the NFL.Thats purely speculation on your part or wishful thinking.

  • kuhlest

    hardly….dude is very inconsistent, reminds me of Tommy Kelly

  • Raiderfusion

    BINGO!!!

  • william banks

    If Carrs the best then he should have gone first.

  • irjonny

    i didn’t say HOFer. i’m not an idiot. im saying we just drafted the future franchise qb. not a 4th round scrub, the best qb in the draft imo and 2nd-4th best on most boards. #20 OVERALL PLAYER on mayocks board. at 36 man. franchise QB and it’s about time. be happy we don’t have to address the position again for years

  • irjonny

    lol i think you just made Russell Wilson’s brain hurt somewhere in Seattle

  • kuhlest

    Albert Breer ✔

    @AlbertBreer

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    Raiders loved Derek Carr all the way
    through the process and thought, in particular, he’s strong
    fundamentally, mature and a grinder.

    5:01 PM – 9 May 2014

  • kuhlest

    heres to that brother!

  • william banks

    Nah you are wrong about that.Every year on this site theres always talk of wanting another QB.It happens every year.Watch and see.

  • kuhlest

    loving this positivity…whooot whhooot

  • kuhlest

    thats right Iceman…..we will until we freaking find our guy….
    #loganthomasinthe7th

  • kuhlest

    that the attitude, there’s my raider brethren!

  • kuhlest

    Jerry McDonald

    @Jerrymcd
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    Raiders QB Derek Carr said at combine:
    I’m not 6-6 and won’t run 4.3, but I’ll out-prepare anybody. No wonder
    Rich Gannon likes him.

  • william banks

    You know you’re laughing inside.

  • Blackholepriest

    They’re the same player man. Carr is a lot like Schaub and McG will be the water boy. Because Carr thinks he’s all world he’s one entitled I am Gods gift and until he settled down and works on his bad habits. He won’t succeed……….period

  • kuhlest

    SiriusXM Fantasy

    @SiriusXMFantasy
    Carr has the size, the head, the athletic ability and, most importantly, the arm needed to throw it 40 times a game in the NFL.

  • Blackholepriest

    So was Russell’s

  • Blackholepriest

    You’re insane………lol

  • william banks

    No way its not about the QB if that’s the case then Denver would have won easily bcuz Wilson can’t compare to manning but wilsons Defense tore manning apart

  • lefty12

    Bill Walsh,you do know who he was right,said you should draft a QB EVERY YEAR.

  • Chino

    Damn.. Gotta deal with attaochu ..

  • lefty12

    A badge of honor coming from you.

  • Chino

    Adams girl is smokin

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Well schidt, zi hsd to miss snotjer cooplr hours Whrtd E less>