2014 NFL Draft: Could Khalil Mack be the No. 1 overall pick?


Oct 19, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Bulls linebacker Khalil Mack (46) during a game against the Massachusetts Minutemen at University of Buffalo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Is it a stretch in saying Khalil Mack could be the No. 1 overall draft pick by the Houston Texans in the May NFL Draft?

CBS Sports has the Buffalo outside linebacker as the fifth overall rated player in the draft, but analyst Rob Rang wrote this interesting sentence in the article:

"“Versatility could land him a spot in the top five. Some even view him as a dark horse candidate for the Texans at No. 1 overall. “"

Makes you wonder doesn’t it?

I don’t see Mack being the No. 1 overall selection, but it isn’t out of the realm of possibility to say the Texans wouldn’t trade that No. 1 overall selection and drop down in the draft to select Mack or another defensive player in the first round.

What I like about mack is he’s 6-3, 248 pounds and runs a 4.66 40-yard dash. Not to mention the following Rang wrote on the CBS Sports site:

"“His size, instincts and agility as an edge rusher make him equally intriguing to teams operating out of a 4-3 or 3-4 alignment.”"

The current OLB’s for the Texans are Whitney Mercilus, Brooks Reed, Bryan Braman, Ricky Sapp and Trevardo Williams. The group could use some improvement this offseason.

If Texans fans didn’t already have a lot to think about this offseason with the No. 1 pick and the NFL Draft in general, this idea get thrown at the fan base in January, three days before the Super Bowl is to take place, leaving even more on the mind.