Albert Breer of the NFL Network mentions that the interest from NFL teams in possibly trading up for South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney has also created a better market for Buffalo LB Khalil Mack.
According to Breer, if a team were to miss out on Clowney, they could still be motivated to trade up for Mack, considering that there is a perceived drop off after those two pass-rushers.
If true, this is the best news the Rams could hear given that they currently hold No. 2 overall pick and are believed to be willing to trade out of that spot.
The first team mentioned in any trade scenario within the top-five picks is the Atlanta Falcons.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Falcons are “exploring” the possibility of moving up within the top-four picks.
Mack would be a great player to add to their defense, even though it would cost them some valuable draft picks to pull this deal off.
The Lions are another mentioned as a team to keep an eye on in regards to trades as they have shown a lot of interest in the best available draft prospects this year.
- Mack has visited with the Lions, Buccaneers, Falcons, Browns, Vikings, Rams and Texans in recent weeks.
Last year, Mack totaled 100 tackle — 19 of which were for a loss — 10.5 sacks, three interceptions, five forced fumbles and two defensive touchdowns.
We have the Jaguars selecting Mack at No. 3 overall in our most recent 2014 NFL Mock Draft.