Khalil Mack Voted No. 13 in NFL Top 100 of 2016
It was only a matter of time. Record-setting defensive extraordinaire Khalil Mack is going into just his third season as one of the most marked men in NFL history. After landing at 49th on the NFL’s Top 100 Players of 2015 in his second season, Mack came in at 13th on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016. Mack was the first player in NFL history to be named an All-Pro at two different positions. His 15 sacks came at a mixture of linebacker and defensive end. He was the highest rated edge rusher in the league according to Pro Football Focus. He is the unquestioned leader of the defense now that Charles Woodson is retired. As the fifth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft Mack has more than delivered on his draft status and expectations. As the leader of the Raiders pass rush, Mack is the lightning rod for attracting better defensive players and multiple blockers an one of the premiere high-character players in the league. In only his second year in the league he was second behind J.J. Watt with 15 sacks. His third year could be even more devastating with the additions of free agents cornerback Sean Smith, free safety Reggie Nelson, linebackers Aldon Smith, Bruce Irvin, defensive end Damontre Moore and the drafting of defensive lineman Jihad Ward and converted stand-up linebacker Shilique Calhoun.