2014 NFL Mock Draft Version 2.0 – Post Free Agency Edition

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

10. Detroit Lions
Khalil Mack
Outside Linebacker/Defensive End, Buffalo

Previously: Mike Evans (Wide Receiver, Texas A&M)


I like to think Khalil Mack as the most safe pick among the top defensive prospects of the 2014 NFL Draft. He is fast, agile, tackles well and does a good job both as an edge rusher and a cover linebacker. Wide receiver Mike Evans is the sexy pick, but Mack can improve Detroit’s pass rush, which wasn’t very efficient in 2013. Mack is a better fit in a 3-4 scheme as a outside linebacker, but he can play both OLB spots in a 4-3 and maybe as a defensive end, if he adds some muscle.


Khalil Mack should not go tenth overall if the Draft is being held on talent alone, but the Lions are more than happy to scoop up a major steal that can immediately help them contend with the rest of the NFC North. While he could potentially play defensive end, the Lions would be smart to use him at outside linebacker in order to spread out the talent of one of the more frightening front sevens in the NFL.