INDIANAPOLIS -- A year ago at this time, Khalil Mack was the best prospect ever to come out of the University at Buffalo.
After being selected by the Oakland Raiders with the fifth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Mack lived up to the hype in a solid rookie season.
Now, it's time for him to take the next step, according to new Raiders coach Jack Del Rio.
"He’s established himself as a guy that can play," Del Rio said. "Now, we’d like to take that performance to another level. He showed signs of being dominant in certain things. In particular, stuffing people at the line of scrimmage and putting up that 'stop sign' and telling people they’re not coming that way.
"Then, some of the ability to finish on the edge. We think we can help with some of those things. And some of the opportunities where you get people in must-pass situations where he can flourish. I’m excited about a young talent like that."
Mack started every game for the Raiders, finishing with 76 tackles, four sacks, three passes defensed and one forced fumble in his rookie season.
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