Prior to the 2014 NFL draft, I had Khalil Mack rated as my #1 prospect in the entire draft. I’m thankful for that because he has done nothing but prove me right. In a great draft class some were skeptical of Mack because he played for Buffalo and did not play against the top competition often. Unfortunately for Mack, he can’t control where he plays, and I’m sure that factored into the decisions that ultimately landed him at the #5 spot, a dream come true for the Oakland Raiders.
Mack had four years of productive college seasons. Staying healthy and continuing to improve, Mack set records for his own school and NCAA records. Upon completion of his college career, Mack set Buffalo records for most tackles for loss (75), most sacks (28.5), and most forced fumbles (16). The tackles for loss and forced fumbles were actually NCAA records as well. Mack had excellent measurements and preformed admirably at the NFL combine cementing his status as one of the top prospects in the upcoming draft. Finally, as draft day came and went, Khalil Mack “slipped” to the Raiders and was selected with the #5 pick in the draft.
Khalil Mack was immediately thrusted into the starting line-up for the Raiders defense and spent majority of his rookie season lined up at outside linebacker. A very productive rookie year ended in Mack landing at #3 in the defensive rookie of the year voting and excellent stats that included 76 tackles, 4 sacks, and 1 forced fumble. Entering his second season Mack played more of a defensive end role ensuring he would have more opportunities to rush the passer, and boy did it ever work. Mack ended his second season in the NFL with 77 tackles, 15 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles. That resulted in a pro bowlberth, as well as being named to the AP All-Pro first team. Not only that, Mack became the first player in history to be named to the All-Pro first team for two different positions in the same year. He also set the Oakland Raiders franchise record of 5 sacks in one game.
Let’s take a look at Khalil Mack against the Broncos. Mack lines up at right Defensive End and simply overpowers the left tackle with an extremely powerful bull rush also evading the Running Back on the chip block to sack the QB.
In the same game Khalil Mack shows that he’s not just a one trick pony. On this play he lines up at left Defensive End and simply uses his speed rush to evade the Right Tackle and once again, take the QB down for the sack.
On this play Mack is lined up at right Defensive End against Patriots Left Tackle Nate Solder where he abuses Solder with the patented Dwight Freeney spin move leaving the Tackle on the floor.
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Here is the final play where Mack proves he isn’t just a pass rusher, but also a dominant run stopper. He blows Rob Gronkowski back with a push and disregards him to make the tackle on the Running Back in the backfield for a loss of yards.
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Khalil Mack is well on his way to becoming one of the best defensive players of the decade. His game is as complete as they come and his career trajectory only seems to be pointing up. The Raiders made an excellent selection with Mack and they are reaping the rewards as Mack destroys opponents backfields.
Florida Prosecutors Offer to Drop Robert Kraft’s Solicitation Charges
Prosecutors in Florida have offered to drop solicitation of prostitution charges against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft if he agrees to admit that he would have been proven guilty had he gone to trial to fight the charges, according to the Wall Street Journal’s Andrew Beaton.
Kraft, 77, was charged with two misdemeanor counts of first-degree solicitation after he was allegedly caught on camera paying for, and receiving, oral and manual sex at the infamous Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida.
One of the incidents allegedly occurred back in January on the morning of the Patriots’ AFC Championship game against the Kansas City Chiefs, which the Patriots won en route to their Super Bowl victory.
According to the report, prosecutors have offered the same deal to the other men charged in the sting. Beaton considered the offer “unusual” (h/t NBC Sports Boston).
Additionally, if Kraft decides to take the deal, the Patriots owner will have to complete an education course about prostitution, complete 100 hours of community service, and undergo screening for sexually transmitted diseases.
According to ESPN, Kraft is one of 200 people that allegedly engaged in sex acts at Florida massage parlors that were targeted in the sting.
Kraft has denied the allegations.
Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill Under Investigation
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill is under investigation for battery, according to the Kansas City Star’s Steve Vockrodt and Brooke Pryor.
Per the report, the team is aware that law enforcement is currently investigating Hill, adding that the Kansas Department of Children and Families is also investigating Hill.
“I can only confirm we received a report and an investigation is ongoing,” Mike Deines, spokesperson for DCF, said.
The Kansas City Star has obtained a police report from the Overland Park Police Department regarding a battery incident that lists a juvenile as being the victim, along with Hill’s fiancee, Crystal Espinal, listed under “others involved.”
While the report was dated as last Thursday, the exact date of the incident remains unclear, per the report.
“The club is aware of the investigation involving Tyreek Hill,” the Chiefs said in a statement to The Star. “We’re in the process of gathering information and have been in contact with the league and local authorities. We’ll have no further comment at this time.”
KCTV 5 obtained another Overland Park police report dated March 5th, a report of child abuse or neglect that was closed 3 days later when authorities declined to prosecute.
Hill has a troubling history. Back in 2014, Hill reportedly choked and punched Espinal, who at that time was eight weeks pregnant with their son. Hill pleaded guilt to domestic assault and batter by strangulation later in 2015.
The Chiefs have seen Hill blossom into a star, and they have been negotiating a contract extension with Hill that would make him the highest paid wideout in NFL history, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.
WR Cole Beasley Signs Deal with Buffalo
In the NFL, free agency has been wild in 2019. A lot of big name players getting big contracts with new teams. Now, add another big name player to the list.
Down in Dallas, free agent wide receiver Cole Beasley has been trying to make an offer to Dallas to sign a multi-year contract for $20 million. Well, today, he accepted a deal with the AFC East Buffalo Bills.
According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the contract is for 4-year $29 million, $14.4 million guaranteed.
Cole Beasley, who is 29-years old grew up in Houston, Texas and went to high school in Little Elm, Texas. From 2008-2011, Beasley played Wide Receiver at SMU in Dallas. In 2012, Cole signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent.
Here are Cole Beasley’s numbers during his time in Dallas:
- Caught 71 percent of the passes
- Targeted 449 times
- 319 passes caught
- 130 passes dropped
- 3,271 reception yards
- 23 Touchdowns
For many Cowboys fans, he will be missed on the field and the sidelines.
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