Khalil Mack has made All-Pro history.
Mack’s versatility and relentlessness earned him selection at two positions on the 2015 Associated Press All-Pro Team, an NFL first. The second-year Raiders defensive end and outside linebacker drew enough support Friday from a panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league to make the squad both spots.
Others, including Houston’s J.J. Watt last year, have been chosen first team at one position and second at another. Watt was a unanimous pick at defensive end for this season’s team, as was Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson.
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“I do whatever I can to help the team win. I'm a team guy,” said Mack, who had 15.5 sacks (five in one game), behind only Watt (17.5) in the league. “Whether it’s dropping in coverage or rushing the passer. I can do either. I think they (voters) saw that.”
Mack nearly split his snaps between defensive end and outside linebacker, spending just a hair more time on the line (467 snaps to 439). His game rose significantly after the year-long suspension was handed down to Aldon Smith. He had only five sacks through nine games at the time, but had 10 more over the next six games. That includes his epic five-sack performance in a 15-12 win over the AFC West champion Denver Broncos on Dec. 13.
The Oakland Tribune contributed to this report.