Mack Mum On BucsFebruary 23rd, 2014
Yesterday, Mike Mayock’s favorite player in the draft, a player he said he would pick first overall, Khalil Mack, took to the podium at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis and came across as a charmer.
Quite a few mockers have the Bucs picking Mack, a stud linebacker/pass rusher out of Buffalo, with the seventh pick.
Initially, Joe thought this was outrageous as the Bucs don’t need a part-time linebacker. Thing is, Mack is so special, he wouldn’t come off the field at all: outside linebacker in run downs, defensive end in passing situations.
Joe got a chance to fight with the hundreds of other scribes to press Mack and pepper him with a few questions.
JoeBucsFan: How do you feel about rushing the passer with your hand in the ground?
Khalil Mack: I love it. I love it. I talked to a couple of coaches already and told them I can play defensive end if they need me to.
Joe: Bucs talk to ya? The Buccaneers, have they talked to you?
Mack: I’ve been talking to a lot of teams, especially the past two days. But, at the same time I’m not going to be too specific about anything.
One last question Joe got in to ask Mack whether he had talked to the Bucs: while Mack wouldn’t say, the dude had a smile on his face like Joe when someone gives him a cold beer on a July Friday afternoon.
Joe thinks it is safe to say, yes, the Bucs did talk to Mack.
Joe is starting to wonder if Mack can slip to the Bucs, and Joe has warmed to the idea of Mack. Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports and SiriusXM NFL Radio told Joe yesterday he “couldn’t be more impressed” with Mack.
Let’s just say Joe won’t shed a tear if Mack is wearing Bucs gear this fall.