Mel Kiper’s 2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.0: The Khalil Mack Attack

ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. released his 2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 on Thursday, and there is a new name at the top. Kiper has the Houston Texans drafting Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack at No. 1 overall. Following is his analysis on the versatile player:

The Texans are in some ways like Kansas City drafting at No. 1 last year in that they don’t fit the profile of a team drafting so high. The personnel situation isn’t terrible; the defense can keep them in games; they have a new head coach who has a good track record with quarterbacks and may not be content to wait on a rookie QB to develop when he could be winning. Mack is a fit in most systems, but he’d excel in this system as a pass-rusher and a player who can back up and make plays in space and to the edges. Houston hasn’t been active in free agency, but Mack can fill a role and be a key contributor early for a team that can start winning again. And it’s been almost a full year since a player from the MAC went No. 1, right?

Mack has been pegged as one of the most surefire prospects in the 2014 draft. However, a linebacker being taken No. 1 overall has only happened a handful of times in history – four to be exact, one of which was two-way player Chuck Bednarik.

Following is a look at Kiper’s top 10:

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Do you think Mack has a shot at going No. 1? Sound off below!

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  • John Spurlock

    Being able to start and contribute immediately is a plus. I would be more excited to take a stud lineman/backer than a QB who isn’t ready to contribute right away. However, many Texan fans believe it is more necessary to get some help for JJ Watt, to keep him from getting double-teamed, like in 2013.