With the NFL Top 100 release, I expressed how stunned I was that Khalil Mack was as far down as 16. Recently retired Joe Thomas clearly was as well. On NFL Network, the perennial All Pro said Mack is the best pass rusher in the game today that he faced.
“Khalil Mack is that guy that from the moment he stepped in the league when you’re watching film, you’re like ‘I don’t know how I’m gonna be able to stop this guy’ because he’s got it all,” said Thomas. “He can stop the run, he can stop the pass, he’s got a bunch of different pass rush move, he’s fast, he’s quick, he’s explosive, he can run right through you, he can run around you. When I guy can do all of those things, [he’s] extremely dangerous.”
I have said things similar to this a few times, including to a lesser extent in today’s Ranking the AFC West edge rushers piece, but it’s always nice getting that opinion reaffirmed by a future Hall of Famer.