ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — For someone who was lightly recruited coming out of high school, linebacker Khalil Mack is attracting an impressive crowd leading up to the NFL draft.
Representatives from all 32 teams were on hand Tuesday for the University at Buffalo's pro day, and the projected first-round draft pick was the main attraction inside the Buffalo Bills Fieldhouse.
"Thirty-two teams? That's a blessing," Mack said. "I don't try to notice that. I try to keep that on the backburner. I'm still working hard, and that's what it's about with me. I don't focus on the attention."
Mack is becoming difficult to overlook. At 6-foot-3 and 251 pounds, he possesses the size, speed and versatility to play a variety of positions in any type of defensive scheme.
He also has impressive numbers over a four-year college career in the Mid-American Conference, which he capped by earning the Jack Lambert award as the nation's top linebacker. He set an FBS career record with 16 forced fumbles and tied another one with 75 career tackles for a loss.
Not bad for someone who, coming out of Fort Pierce, Fla., first considered attending Liberty University, before being offered a full scholarship by Buffalo, and only after Liberty assistant Robert Wimberly was hired by the Bulls.
Some five years later, Mack had the NFL's attention during a Bulls pro day that traditionally attracts between 15 and 20 scouts.
"That just shows you what high regard the NFL has of him," Bills general manager Doug Whaley said of the turnout. "The sky's the limit on him."
Among those on hand were Oakland Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie and Cleveland Browns rookie coach Mike Pettine, the Bills' former defensive coordinator.
Pettine joked he just happened to be in town to pick up a few things he left behind.
As for his interest in Mack, Pettine broke into a wide smile and said: "Just a little bit." Pettine then spent about 10 minutes on the sideline discussing Mack with Bulls coach Jeff Quinn.
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