BOOM! Khalil Mack's Peers Voted Him as the NFL's Third Best Player

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BOOM! Khalil Mack’s Peers Voted Him as the NFL’s Third Best Player

Chicago Bears

There are many metrics which you could use to measure Khalil Mack’s greatness, but all we really need is 11 words from Rams quarterback Jared Goff: “He is my least favorite to play against in the league.”

And judging by this tape, you can see why:

Mack checked in as the No. 3 ranked player in the NFL, as voted by his peers and shared by the NFL Network. Only two players (Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald) ranked higher. That’s good company to keep, as far as I am concerned.

And with all due respect to Brees and Donald, what Mack did in 2018 was unlike anything either of those players did last season. Mack’s ridiculously awesome numbers and a drool-worthy highlight reel accelerated the Bears’ rebuild, transformed a top-10 defense into a historically great one, and changed the direction of a franchise that had been sputtering prior to his arrival. That’s big-time stuff!

Mack harassed quarterbacks to the tune of 12.5 sacks and 18 quarterback hits. He was a menace in the backfield with 10 tackles-for-loss, six forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. And in his debut, Mack picked up a pick-six against the Packers to show that he could do it all. Overall, the 2018 season was one in which Mack certainly earned his record payday. He earned another trip to the Pro Bowl, picked up first-team All-Pro honors, and landed at No. 10 on Pro Football Focus’ list of 101 best players.

Talk about making a heck of a first impression! I mean, what else could you ask for in Year 1?

Acquiring elite talent isn’t easy, but Mack showed why Bears GM Ryan Pace stuck his neck out there and pushed aggressively to acquire the star pass-rusher. And with Week 1 just 35 days away, I don’t know a Bears fan who isn’t amped up to see what Mack has in store for a second season. Great sequels are hard to come by, but if anyone can put one together, it’s the guy who wears No. 52.

(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.