ALAMEDA -– Khalil Mack has been asked a million questions during the pre-draft process, from teams and reporters and fans alike. He answers them with a wink and a smile, at all times trying to keep his best foot forward.
After being selected No. 5 overall Thursday evening by the Raiders, the self-promotion can finally stop.
Does the pass-rushing outside linebacker believe he’s the best defender in this draft? Oh yeah.
Now he can prove it.
“I think that I am the best, but I’m at the point right now where I’m tired of talking,” Mack said in a conference call with local press. “I want to go out and start proving a little bit of this stuff everybody’s been talking about. I can’t wait. I can not wait.”
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Mack wasn’t sure where he would land, but is happy that he has. Oakland seems like a prime spot to contribute right away and learn from a veteran pass rusher like Justin Tuck –- notice the similarity in facemasks? -- who starred with the New York Giants while Mack was at the University of Buffalo.
“Justin Tuck, man. How about that?,” Mack said. “Playing with him is a blessing. Knowing how good he is and what he’s done, it’ll be good to learn from him. I can’t tell you how excited I am.”
Mack has never been to the Bay Area, though he certainly will be soon. He knows about the Raiders history and how they play football. Mack thinks he’ll fit right in.
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“I know the Oakland Raiders are nasty, man. They like to play nasty,” Mack said. “I’m a football player that likes to … yeah, I’m a football player that likes to get in there and be a little nasty, but in a good way.”
Mack is excited to put all song and dance behind him and get to the business of playing football.
“No doubt. I’m going to help in any way I can. I want to make an impact. Whether it’s playing special teams or anything else, I can’t wait to get back to playing football.”