NFL Draft: Mack Over Clowney for Bucs Says Mike Mayock

By: Justin Pawlowski - on twitter: @CommishOnline

NFL draft season has vaulted into full motion with this weekend’s combine.

As is true of every year, every expert has already released their 1st mock drafts for the 2014 NFL Draft. A popular selection for the Bucs who pick 7th overall has been Buffalo DE/OLB Khalil Mack.

“I think first and foremost, they do need an edge guy,’’ Mayock said when asked what he thought the Bucs’ needs were in this draft. “If Mack was sitting there, he and an offensive tackle would be of interest to me.”

While Mack (6’2” 248 lbs) might seem like a better fit for a 3-4 defense, both Seattle DE Chris Clemons and Eagles DE Trent Cole were under 240 lbs when they went to the combine out of college. Mayock believes that with a player like Mack, you find a way to keep him on the field at all times.

“I think the important thing is that if you are drafting him as a 4-3 team you have to make sure that in nickel and sub situations, you’re freeing him up to go get the quarterback,’’ Mayock said.

“And in today’s NFL, because of the versatility in defenses, I think that’s fine. 4-3 teams are doing all kind of different things in sub packages.  That’s why I just kind of call (players like Mack) edge guys now.’’

All eyes will be on South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney this weekend at the scouting combine, but Mayock believes that Mack might end up being the better player.

“You talk about a kid like (Jadeveon) Clowney, who’s just got superhuman abilities, versus this kid, and if I had a choice between the two, I think I’m taking Mack,” Mayock told

The Buccaneers sit in a very good position with the 7th overall selection and should be in position to fill one of their needs with an outstanding player, who very well could be a pass rusher.

Follow Justin Pawlowski on twitter @Commishonline for updates on the NFL Draft and the Buccaneers.

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