We are all aware of the options that we have at #2. Regardless if we stick at #2 or trade down between #3-#8 its expected we will take Clowney, Robinson, Matthews or Watkins. Most don't give Mack any consideration because we would have to stick him at SAM backer. Now in most peoples rationale they think "we would have to take him off the field in sub packages, therefore we would be wasting a high draft pick on someone would would see a lot of bench time."
One thing people are failing to take into consideration is that a common staple of a Gregg Williams defense is to run a 3-3-5 Nickle sub package, which is most frequent on obvious passing downs or primarily 3rd downs. If this common Williams tendency is brought to St. Louis (which i expect) that will require three Backers to be on the field for a majority of defensive snaps. Dont forget that Williams loves to blitz, and blitz's a lot on 3rd downs out of this 3-3-5. So to paint as vivid a picture as possible. In these Sub Nickle packages that everyone is so quick to assume would only use MIKE and WILL would in fact also use SAM (where i project Mack would fit). In these Nickle packages we would utilize Long and Quinn on the edges with Brockers or Langford in the middle. We would still use three Corners and two safeties. The way the Line backer would work is the two OLB's would be asked to do a lot in pass coverage and pass rushing while Middle/MIKE directs the defense and flow's to whichever area the play go's. We all know Ogletree (formally a Safety) has pretty good coverage skills. Khalil Mack isn't half bad himself but it inst considered a strong aspect of his game. But taking into consideration that Williams will most likely bring massive amounts of blitz packages id expect Mack to be used heavily to blitz and blitz often.
Can you picture a four man rush consisting of Quinn, Long, Brockers and Mack? It's something that could very well happen and it just surprises me no one has connected the dots on this. Besides that point we would also be a force to be reckoned with in Base 4-3 and 46 formations which i expect to see quite a bit considering the two top teams in our division happen to run more frequently then any other team in the NFL. In the four games we played Seattle and San Fransisco we gave up a total of 315 yards, 3TDs for an average of 4.4 yards per carry. We lost all four games. Now blame that on the entire team not just the defense but it should never be a bad idea to considering bolstering that area of the team considering we are trying to beat teams who run the ball so much.
Im not saying we should draft Mack with our first pick, but i do feel it should at least be discussed as a possibility. Let me know what you think down in the comment section.