INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WIVB) – NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said, if he was running the show for a team, he’d draft Khalil Mack #1 overall. The former UB star can’t complain about that.
“Mike Mayock’s the man. I want to prove him right,” said Mack. “I’ve been working hard this past five, six weeks, and I’m ready to grind and get out there and work out.”
Living up to the hype is something Mack’s used to by now. Despite being lightly recruited out of high school in Florida, he received some lofty praise when he first set foot on campus at UB.
“Seeing guys like James Starks and Naaman Roosevelt. They gave me confidence. They told me the first couple days I got to Buffalo, ‘you good, you good… I didn’t want to settle for that compliment,” said Mack.
His versatility as a linebacker plays a big role in his rise as a top prospect. Mack can rush the passer, stop the run, and drop into coverage with the best of them.
“I don’t want to limit myself to just playing one specific thing. I feel like that’s the biggest thing for me…When I work out, I work out with defensive ends, I work out with linebackers. I also go out and work out with the DBs,” said Mack.
When Mack first got to UB, they issued him #46. After he saw the NCAA Football video game that year, he used that number as motivation.
“The NCAA game, the first one that came out that I was on, I was rated a 46 overall, had like a 37 speed. It was a slap in the face, man. I knew deep down in my heart I was better than a 46. It just so happened I was already 46, and I kept the number,” said Mack.
And the rest is UB history. As for his NFL chapter, that has yet to be written.