Khalil Mack
Khalil Mack
28-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Chicago Bears
2019 Fantasy Outlook
At 28 years old, Mack is squarely in the prime of a fantastic career that saw him average 12 sacks and 3.5 forced fumbles per season between 2015 and 2018. After his first full offseason playing on a very talented defense, he could improve upon his first year with the Bears, when he put up 0.89 sacks per contest. The thing to watch for in IDP leagues is whether he's eligible for DL. He's listed as a linebacker by the Bears, in which case he might only be eligible to utilize as a linebacker in IDP leagues. He could still be useful as a linebacker IDP, especially if you start him during one of his multi-sack weeks, but it's generally hard for defensive linemen to keep up with the IDP utility provided by linebacker tackle totals, which Mack can't imitate given his 47 tackles in 2018. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a six-year, $141 million contract with the Bears in September of 2018.
Participating in voluntary workouts
LBChicago Bears
April 17, 2019
Mack (knee) is participating in the Bears' offseason workouts.
Mack was seen doing calisthenics and barbell shrugs earlier this week, making it safe to conclude that the knee injury he used as an excuse for skipping the Pro Bowl is no longer an issue. Of greater concern is Mack's transition to life under incoming defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano, who's replacing new Broncos head coach Vic Fangio. However, general manager Ryan Pace said in February that Pagano isn't expected to make any significant changes to Fangio's scheme, so it's probably fair to assume Mack will continue to operate in the role that netted him 12.5 sacks and six forced fumbles in 14 games during his debut season in Chicago.
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Khalil Mack's measurables compare to other linebackers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 3"
252 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.65 sec
Shuttle Time
4.18 sec
Cone Drill
7.08 sec
Vertical Jump
40.0 in
Broad Jump
128 in
Bench Press
23 reps
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
He may not have upside reminiscent of J.J. Watt at his greatest heights, but Mack's production is still decidedly elite, and his consistency can't be overlooked. Not only has Mack never missed a game, but he's surpassed 70 tackles in all four of his NFL seasons, and in his last three years he's averaged 12 sacks per season. You probably can't fault anyone for swinging for the fences and selecting Watt as the top defensive lineman, but the floor appears quite a bit higher with Mack. Following his trade to the Bears, the 27-year-old figures to play outside linebacker in Vic Fangio's 3-4 defense, after switching back and forth between OLB and DE during his four seasons in Oakland.
Mack's arrival changed the DL hierarchy in recent years as he challenged for the top spot. He remarkably eclipsed 70 tackles each of his three seasons, and after a four-sack rookie year he's posted 26 in the last two. The Raiders' offense should remain strong, affording Mack with plenty of pass-rushing opportunities as opponents throw to keep pace, and his reliable 70-tackle production makes him likely to rank no lower than second among linemen even if he has a down year as a pass rusher. Given Watt's injury history, no one can be blamed for preferring Mack.
Watt is the first tier in himself, but Mack is the second tier in himself. After a 76-tackle, four-sack rookie year in 2014, Mack predictably broke out as a pass rusher in 2015, and it should be full speed ahead from here on out. Boasting consecutive years with 70-plus tackles and the potential to push for 20 sacks, Mack just might close in on Watt in the IDP rankings one day. For the time being, it will be interesting to see if Mack's sack production gets even better after the Raiders signed Bruce Irvin in the offseason to further bolster their pass rush.
The Raiders added Mack with the fifth overall pick in 2014 to provide some much-needed pass rush along the edge. He didn’t record his first sack until Week 11, and he finished with just four for the season, but those numbers are highly deceiving, as Mack consistently terrorized opposing quarterbacks with hits and hurries. Further, he was one of two defensive rookies to play all 16 games and finished second among all defensive players with 11.5 tackles at or behind the line of scrimmage, according to STATS LLC. With 2015 second-round pick Mario Edwards expected to take some of the attention away from Mack along the strongside, Mack could be in line to emerge as an elite IDP option this season. Because while the tackle numbers may be lacking compared to some linebackers, the sack numbers may spike dramatically.
Just like Clowney's case, prospective owners need to verify that Mack is actually listed as a DL before investing in him as one. Oakland ran a 4-3 in 2013, so Mack is tentatively expected to be listed as an end, in which case he'd have immediate DL1 potential. The fifth overall pick out of Buffalo, Mack has 4.65 speed to go along with a 40-inch vertical and 128-inch broad jump, making him one of the league's elite athletes on the defensive line. The Raiders have LaMarr Woodley and Justin Tuck around to hog some of the DE snaps, but Woodley and Mack can play OLB at times, and Tuck has been known to shift inside on passing downs, leaving several avenues for all three to play at once. The Raiders would be silly not to get Mack on the field as much as possible, considering he made 74 tackles for loss over the last four years and forced 16 fumbles.
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Drops out of Pro Bowl
LBChicago Bears
January 14, 2019
Mack is tending to a sprained knee and will not be available for this month's Pro Bowl, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Time reports.
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Dominant first season with Chicago
LBChicago Bears
December 31, 2018
Mack finished the regular season with 47 tackles, 12.5 sacks and six forced fumbles over 13 games.
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Massive performance
LBChicago Bears
December 16, 2018
Mack notched 2.5 sacks while adding six tackles in the Bears 24-17 win over the Packers.
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Reaches double digits in sacks
LBChicago Bears
December 10, 2018
Mack notched a sack and three tackles in the Bears' 15-6 victory over the Rams.
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Picks up another sack
LBChicago Bears
December 3, 2018
Mack collected a sack and five tackles in the Bears' 30-27 overtime loss to the Giants on Sunday.
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