Feb 22, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack speaks at the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft: Peter King Has Houston Texans Taking Khalil Mack

How’s that for a change? Peter King (MMQB) believes the Texans will bypass Jadeveon Clowney and instead draft Khalil Mack.

While everyone talks about the immense athleticism of Jadeveon Clowney, let’s point this out: Mack’s 40 time at his Pro Day was 4.53 seconds. Clowney’s was 4.53 seconds. Mack vertical-jumped 40 inches, Clowney 37.5. GM Rick Smith must ignore the heat for bypassing Clowney.

While Peter does believe the Texans will definitely be trying to trade out of the first overall spot, he thinks the Texans end up staying at #1 and selecting Mack.

If you remember from a few weeks ago, King heard from “friends of Rick Smith” (FORS) that Houston isn’t set on Clowney and that Mack is a name to look out for on Thursday.

Houston, at No. 1, isn’t set on Jadeveon Clowney. In fact, one FORS (Friend of Rick Smith) told me the Texans general manager likes Khalil Mack over Clowney, and we still don’t know which quarterback Houston would choose if it chooses one first overall. I still think the Texans would go with a more sure thing with the first overall pick than a quarterback—and that sure thing could also be tackle Greg Robinson. But imagine Mack, the outside linebacker from the University of Buffalo, being the first pick in a stacked draft. Wouldn’t that be something—a second straight Mid-American Conference player (Eric Fisher, Central Michigan, by Kansas City) as the top pick in the NFL draft?

Both Adam Schefter (ESPN) and Chris Mortensen (ESPN) have also said that Mack can’t be dismissed from the conversation.

Don’t worry Texans fans. There’s just two more days of smoke before we finally find out who the Texans will select with the first overall pick.

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