Most college football fans won’t look at this game and get overly excited. However, they have a chance to see one of the better players in all of college football. Buffalo’s Khalil Mack has not only had a great college career but has turned heads of NFL evaluators.
Khalil Mack/OLB/Buffalo: Khalil Mack is one of the elite prospects in this draft class. He’s a long and athletic defender who possesses tremendous versatility. Buffalo uses Mack all over the field asking him to support the run, drop in coverage and rush the passer. While he excels in all areas, Mack’s raw pass-rushing ability is what gives him the potential to really make deference in the NFL. He not only features a top-notch burst off the ball but also plays with a non-stop motor and knows how to use his long arms. Mack is a sudden athlete capable of quickly changing direction employing an inside counter move. His balance allows him to flatten out around the edge and work his way to the quarterback. The key is to remember that Mack still needs some time to develop, but his upside is through the roof. Early 1st Round
Bryce Quigley/OL/San Diego St: Bryce Quigley is flying under the radar and has a real future in the NFL. San Diego State uses him at left tackle, but he might be a better fit at guard. Quigley is a solid athlete who quickly gets out of his stance. This allows him to protect the edge in the passing game and get across the face of defenders on running plays. The reasons he might be a better fit at guard is because he struggles changing direction and appears to have shorter arms. These are two weaknesses that savvy NFL pass rushers will be able to exploit but are easier to hide when not asked to play in space. 5th Round
Nate Berhe/S/San Diego State: Talk to scouts about San Diego State and Berhe is one of the first names that rolls off their tongue. The feisty safety with good range yet limited size/speed numbers. Berhe possesses enough innate ability to line up as a dime back/special teams player on Sunday. 7th Round/FA
Brandon Oliver/RB/Buffalo: What Oliver lacks in height (5-feet/7-inches) he more than makes up for with heart. The diminutive ball carrier is a slippery runner who makes multiple defenders miss during a single carry with his ability to double and triple cut. He also offers potential as a receiver out of the backfield. Scouts love his potential as a third down back in the NFL and its not out of the question that Oliver’s name is called during the draft’s final picks. 7th Round/FA