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Could UB linebacker Khalil Mack be the No. 1 overall draft choice?

INDIANAPOLIS -- The only thing that might prevent University at Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack's draft stock from soaring any higher are several extra layers of ozone.

Top 10 pick? Top five pick?

How about No. 1 overall?

That's the type of attention NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock claims Mack deserves.

"He's one of the best two or three players in this draft," Mayock told Minneapolis radio station KFAN on Friday at the NFL scouting combine.

"I'm going to tell you right now: I'd take him with the first pick, let alone the eighth pick. That's how I feel about Khalil Mack."

The Mid-American conference didn't have a No. 1 overall draft pick until the Kansas City Chiefs selected Central Michigan tackle Eric Fisher last year.

Now here's Mayock, asserting a University at Buffalo player deserves consideration to make it two MAC prospects in a row.

"Khalil Mack can play anywhere in the front," Mayock said. "Here he is a kid from Buffalo. If you put the tape on against Ohio State, he dominates Ohio State like nobody I've ever seen dominate them. He's explosive off the edge. He's tough. He's twitchy. He's got a little edge about him.

"When I watch him on tape I feel like he's pissed off at the world, and I like that. Then you put on a tape -- I think it was Kent State -- and he drops into coverage like a safety, reads the quarterback's eyes, undercuts a route, one-handed interception.

"And I'm going what can't this kid do? He must be a bad kid off the field. Then I find out he's a really good kid off the field."

Mayock prefers Mack over South Carolina star defender Jadeveon Clowney because Mack is versatile enough to blitz quarterbacks and drop into pass coverage in 3-4 or 4-3 schemes.

"Mack sets up for everybody," Mayock said. "He's probably a prototype 3-4 outside linebacker, but he can play sam. And in today's NFL, where your sub package is on the field 70 percent of the time, that's where he's going to really shine in pass-rush situations.

"You can rush him. You can drop him. He can play anywhere in the front."

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