Khalil Mack attended Fort Pierce Westwood High School in Florida. He was named first-team All-Area and a two-star prospect according to Rivals.com. He received two scholarship offers — the University of Buffalo and Liberty University.
Mack has breakout junior year at Buffalo
Mack redshirted in 2009 and then played in 12 games during his freshman year. He recorded 68 tackles and 10 pass breakups as an outside linebacker in the Bulls’ 3-4 defensive scheme. As a sophomore, Mack tallied 65 tackles (20.5 for loss) and 5.5 sacks on his way to being announced as a First-Team All-MAC selection. He set career highs as a junior in tackles (94), tackles for loss (21) and sacks (8).
Mack leaves lasting impression
Mack started his senior season off with a bang. In the opening game against Ohio State, Mack had nine tackles with 2.5 sacks and a 45-yard interception return for a touchdown. Mack finished the year with 100 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and three interceptions. He left college as the nation's all-time leader in career forced fumbles (16) and tackles for loss (75).
Raiders draft Mack fifth overall in 2014
Mack measured in at 6-foot-3, 251 pounds at the NFL Combine. He ran a 4.65 40-yard dash, cementing himself into the top-10. On May 8, 2014, the Oakland Raiders selected Mack with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
The Raiders signed Mack to a four-year deal worth $18.7 million on May 15, 2014. The linebacker received a $11.9 million signing bonus and has a team-option for a fifth year with the club.