Khalil Mack
Khalil Mack
29-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Chicago Bears
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Not only did Mack get moved from defensive line to linebacker designation in many fantasy leagues last year, but he followed that up by posting career lows in both tackles and sacks. In the end, anyone who spent draft capital on him had a bust on their hands. Going into this year, positional designation will be paramount, as some leagues are now using edge rushers as a new position, and in that scenario, Mack will have much more value than he would in leagues that designate him as a linebacker. In terms of expected production, he's just 29 years old, so his poor 2019 likely can be classified as more of an anomaly than his new reality. Expecting him to return to double-digit sacks is a reasonable bet, but based on two years of data, don't count on him posting 70-plus tackles like he did in Oakland. Don't forget. Check Mack's positional eligibility in your league before making a final valuation of him on draft day. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a six-year, $141 million contract with the Bears in September of 2018.
Quiet in finale
LBChicago Bears
December 29, 2019
Mack recorded one tackle in the Bears' 21-19 victory over the Vikings in Week 17, and he concluded the season with 47 tackles 8.5 sacks and five forced fumbles.
ANALYSIS
Aside from his rookie season in 2014, this is the first time that Mack posted fewer than 10.5 sacks in a season. In addition, he tied his career-low in tackles, which he set last season. Along with his diminished numbers, his classification change from defensive end to linebacker stripped his massive fantasy value, and it'll be difficult to expect more than middling fantasy production when he returns to the Bears in 2020, which will be the third year of a six-year deal.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
Chicago BearsBears 2019 LB Snap Distribution See more data like this
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2019 Khalil Mack Split Stats
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Khalil Mack's measurables compare to other linebackers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 3"
 
Weight
269 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.65 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.18 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.08 sec
 
Vertical Jump
40.0 in
 
Broad Jump
128 in
 
Bench Press
23 reps
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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At 28 years old, Mack is squarely in the prime of a fantastic career that saw him average 12 sacks and 3.5 forced fumbles per season between 2015 and 2018. After his first full offseason playing on a very talented defense, he could improve upon his first year with the Bears, when he put up 0.89 sacks per contest. The thing to watch for in IDP leagues is whether he's eligible for DL. He's listed as a linebacker by the Bears, in which case he might only be eligible to utilize as a linebacker in IDP leagues. He could still be useful as a linebacker IDP, especially if you start him during one of his multi-sack weeks, but it's generally hard for defensive linemen to keep up with the IDP utility provided by linebacker tackle totals, which Mack can't imitate given his 47 tackles in 2018.
He may not have upside reminiscent of J.J. Watt at his greatest heights, but Mack's production is still decidedly elite, and his consistency can't be overlooked. Not only has Mack never missed a game, but he's surpassed 70 tackles in all four of his NFL seasons, and in his last three years he's averaged 12 sacks per season. You probably can't fault anyone for swinging for the fences and selecting Watt as the top defensive lineman, but the floor appears quite a bit higher with Mack. Following his trade to the Bears, the 27-year-old figures to play outside linebacker in Vic Fangio's 3-4 defense, after switching back and forth between OLB and DE during his four seasons in Oakland.
Mack's arrival changed the DL hierarchy in recent years as he challenged for the top spot. He remarkably eclipsed 70 tackles each of his three seasons, and after a four-sack rookie year he's posted 26 in the last two. The Raiders' offense should remain strong, affording Mack with plenty of pass-rushing opportunities as opponents throw to keep pace, and his reliable 70-tackle production makes him likely to rank no lower than second among linemen even if he has a down year as a pass rusher. Given Watt's injury history, no one can be blamed for preferring Mack.
Watt is the first tier in himself, but Mack is the second tier in himself. After a 76-tackle, four-sack rookie year in 2014, Mack predictably broke out as a pass rusher in 2015, and it should be full speed ahead from here on out. Boasting consecutive years with 70-plus tackles and the potential to push for 20 sacks, Mack just might close in on Watt in the IDP rankings one day. For the time being, it will be interesting to see if Mack's sack production gets even better after the Raiders signed Bruce Irvin in the offseason to further bolster their pass rush.
The Raiders added Mack with the fifth overall pick in 2014 to provide some much-needed pass rush along the edge. He didn’t record his first sack until Week 11, and he finished with just four for the season, but those numbers are highly deceiving, as Mack consistently terrorized opposing quarterbacks with hits and hurries. Further, he was one of two defensive rookies to play all 16 games and finished second among all defensive players with 11.5 tackles at or behind the line of scrimmage, according to STATS LLC. With 2015 second-round pick Mario Edwards expected to take some of the attention away from Mack along the strongside, Mack could be in line to emerge as an elite IDP option this season. Because while the tackle numbers may be lacking compared to some linebackers, the sack numbers may spike dramatically.
Just like Clowney's case, prospective owners need to verify that Mack is actually listed as a DL before investing in him as one. Oakland ran a 4-3 in 2013, so Mack is tentatively expected to be listed as an end, in which case he'd have immediate DL1 potential. The fifth overall pick out of Buffalo, Mack has 4.65 speed to go along with a 40-inch vertical and 128-inch broad jump, making him one of the league's elite athletes on the defensive line. The Raiders have LaMarr Woodley and Justin Tuck around to hog some of the DE snaps, but Woodley and Mack can play OLB at times, and Tuck has been known to shift inside on passing downs, leaving several avenues for all three to play at once. The Raiders would be silly not to get Mack on the field as much as possible, considering he made 74 tackles for loss over the last four years and forced 16 fumbles.
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Up to 8.5 sacks on season
LBChicago Bears
December 22, 2019
Mack notched a sack and four tackles in the Bears' 26-3 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday.
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Back in the sack column
LBChicago Bears
December 6, 2019
Mack posted a sack and two tackles in the Bears' 31-24 win over the Cowboys on Thursday.
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Notches a sack
LBChicago Bears
November 24, 2019
Mack recorded a sack and three tackles in Chicago's 19-14 victory over the Giants on Sunday.
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First sack in three weeks
LBChicago Bears
October 27, 2019
Mack recorded a sack and four tackles in Chicago's 17-16 loss to the Chargers on Sunday.
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Another dominant performance
LBChicago Bears
September 29, 2019
Mack forced a pair of fumbles while collecting 1.5 sacks and two tackles in the Bears' 16-6 win over the Vikings on Sunday.
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