BUFFALO, NY - With the NFL season kicking off this weekend, five former University at Buffalo football players find themselves on NFL rosters. Khalil Mack is in Oakland, Branden Oliver is with the Chargers and Steven Means is in Philadelphia. In addition, Kristjan Sokoli is on the practice squad with the Saints and Mason Schreck is on the injured reserve list for the Bengals.
Mack, a former All-American linebacker for the Bulls, is making the Raiders glad they picked him fifth overall in the 2014 NFL Draft. Mack has developed into one of the best players in the NFL and was named the 2016 NFL Defensive Player of the Year. He's a two-time All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection and already has 30 sacks over his career.
After being selected in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Means has also played for the Ravens and Texans before finding a home in Philadelphia. The Buffalo native is beginning his second season with Eagles as a reserve defensive end.
Oliver is in his fourth year with the Chargers and is looking to rebound after missing all of last season with an achilles injury. Oliver has amassed over 1,000 yards of total offense and has scored four touchdowns in his career. He led the Chargers in rushing in 2014 - his rookie season.
Sokoli is beginning his third season in the NFL and first with the Saints after being signed to the practice squad. Sokoli, the first Albanian-born player to ever play in the NFL, was drafted by the Seahawks in 2015. He played for the Colts last season. Sokoli has played both offensive and defensive line over his career.
Schreck, one of the best tight ends to ever play at UB, was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2017 NFL Draft. Unfortunately, a knee injury late in camp forced the Bengals to put him on the injured reserve list.