2015 NFL Draft: Grades For Recent Number 5 Picks

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December 21, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Khalil Mack (52) during the first quarter against the Buffalo Bills at O.co Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Bills 26-24. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Redskins have the number five pick in the 2015 NFL Draft and one would think that they should be able to find a potential star picking that high in the draft.  However, while some have developed into star players, in other cases it hasn’t worked out that way.

For a top five draft pick you want to score an “A” because you have your choice of some of the top players in the draft.  Here is a look at how the last nine Number 5 draft picks have graded out so far in the NFL.

2014 – Khalil Mack, OLB – Oakland Raiders

Khalil Mack was considered to be one of the top pass rushers in last years’ draft but he only was able to generate 4 sacks on the season.  However, the potential is still very high for Mack and he could develop into a goo pass rusher over the next few years.

With Jack Del Rio as the new head coach for the Raiders, I look for him to use Mack as more of a pass rusher like he did as defensive coordinator with the Denver Broncos.  The results worked well with Von Miller and they should with Khalil Mack as well.

Grade B+ – After Debating the original grade with Raiders fans who commented below: Al_Uno, Pridenpoise and Nate Raider, I agree with them that a C+ was too low for Khalil Mack because he did have a very good rookie season.  However, I still think to get it up to an “A”, he’ll need to increase his sack total.  I think he’ll do it.

Grade: C+ Mack didn’t have the kind of impact that some expected him to have but the potential is still there for him to raise this grade up considerably over the next few years.

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