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2014 NFL mock draft: Khalil Mack to Atlanta Falcons at No. 6

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The Falcons are moving to more of a 3-4 defense in 2014, and Khalil Mack would aid in that transition considerably.

Coming off of a down year, this offseason is one of slight transition for the Atlanta Falcons, who are looking to quickly rebound back to their serious-contender status in the NFC. Defensively, the team will be moving to more of a 3-4 front under coordinator Mike Nolan -- and, luckily for Dave Choate of The Falcoholic, there happens to be a versatile, skilled pass rusher on the board in our mock draft.

Team Player Pos. Ht Wt Class
6. Falcons Khalil Mack, Buffalo OLB 6'3 244 SR

"There isn’t a Falcons fan on this planet who wouldn’t be happy with this outcome. The Falcons figure to work out of the 3-4 with greater frequency going forward, and Mack is a potentially elite edge rusher in that scheme. Given his athleticism and ability, he could be the piece Atlanta’s pass rush has been missing for far too long."

Dan Kadar, our revered NFL Draft analyst, has some thoughts and opinions to share on the Falcons' mock draft pick of Mack:

Looking for a comparison for Mack? Good luck finding one. There aren't many front seven players on defense with his array of skills. He can drop in coverage like KJ Wright of the Seahawks and is able to run with tight ends or blow up screen plays. As a pass rusher, he offers a lot of the same things that John Abraham has throughout his career. He's quick and compact around the edge and closes in a hurry.

We'll stay in the NFC South for our final pick of the day, with Sander Philipse of Bucs Nation set to make the seventh overall pick for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 3 p.m. ET.

Top 5 players remaining

# Player Pos. College Ht. Wt.
3 Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M 6'5 305
5 Sammy Watkins WR Clemson 6'1 200
7 Mike Evans WR Texas A&M 6'5 225
8 Eric Ebron TE North Carolina 6'4 250
9 C.J. Mosley LB Alabama 6'2 234

2014 SB Nation NFL writers' mock draft results

Falcons picks

Rd # Team Player Pos. College
1 6 Atlanta Falcons Khalil Mack OLB Buffalo
2 37 Atlanta Falcons