ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders have taken Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack with the fifth overall pick in the NFL draft.
General manager Reggie McKenzie made the move for Mack on Thursday night in perhaps his most important decision in two-plus years running the Raiders.
Mack gives the Raiders the potential impact pass rusher that they had been seeking. Mack had 10½ sacks last season playing for a Mid-American conference school.
Mack won the Jack Lambert Award and finished second to Alabama's C.J. Mosley in the Butkus Award voting - both honoring the nation's top linebackers. He set a conference record with 16 career forced fumbles. His 75 career tackles for a loss were the most at the NCAA level since 2000.