All indications from offseason work thus far are that Khalil Mack has been everything the Raiders thought he would be when they selected him at fifth overall.
Veteran offensive tackle Donald Penn is one of several Raiders veterans who have already been impressed with him and what he seems to be capable of on the football field. Per NBCBayArea.com, Penn said:
I see signs. In between snaps, he's in Justin Tuck's ear. Khalil's a special athlete. I can tell from some of his moves and the way he can put his foot in the ground and change directions, for him to be doing that at defensive end, he moves like a defensive back. It's crazy for a guy that size to be doing that.
Of course, we haven’t even reached training camp yet, but the positive early reviews for a Raiders’ first-round pick make for a refreshing change from years past.
2013 first-rounder D.J. Hayden still has every opportunity to make good on his potential, but it has otherwise been a long time since the Raiders have had a high pick pan out.
Yes, it’s still very early, but Mack already making a positive impression bodes well for his chances of developing into the impact player the Raiders see him as and need him to be.