Joe Thomas: Khalil Mack is like Lawrence Taylor

Browns left tackle Joe Thomas might be among the best in football, but that doesn't mean he isn't concerned with Raiders pass rusher Khalil Mack.

In fact, he compared Mack to one of the best ever.

"I never played against L.T., so maybe I'm blowing smoke, but I've seen him play and dominate and to me they're comparable types," Thomas said Thursday, via the Akron Beacon Journal. "They're both 6-2, 250-ish, lift a house, run a 4.3, destroy people at will. Just look back to what (Mack) did in college. It's amazing he wasn't the No. 1 pick.

"I think if you talk to anybody across the league that's watched him play, they wouldn't think that's a big comparison to make. Size, speed, strength, power; you name it, he's got it."

Thomas certainly agrees with our sentiment, which is why Mack was Around The NFL's No. 1 Making the Leap candidate this offseason. And while his pass-rushing skill is stellar, it's his ability to downshift into a conventional run-busting linebacker that really makes Oakland's defense that much more versatile.

Still, the Lawrence Taylor comparison is interesting, even if it might best be suited for a pure speed rusher like Jadeveon Clowney.

In a season where Mack cannot surprise anyone anymore, the deserved comparisons are starting to come out in droves. Maybe Thomas is right, maybe he should have been the No. 1 pick after all.

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