Today Pro Football Focus put out their All Pro selections and to little surprise Khalil Mack was named to the first team as an edge rusher. Here is what they had to say about the Raiders second year linebacker.
Our knock on Mack last season (his rookie year) was that he wasn't productive enough rushing the passer. This year, he turned that on it's head, and did so while remaining a force against the run. Now a truly complete player, he has the ability to take over on any down, and was so good that he pushed usual All-Pro Miller to a mere second team spot.
Mack was named to his first Pro Bowl this season. After just 4.0 sacks as a rookie, he led the league in sacks (15.0) right up until the final game of the season when JJ Watt (a PFF first team All Pro at defensive end) passed him up with 3.0 sacks in the Texans' season finale. Mack's 15.0 sacks ended up second behind only Watt.
Their other PFF first team All Pro edge rusher was Dolphins' Olivier Vernon.
Charles Woodson was the only other Raiders player to make the list. The Raiders other 2015 Pro Bowler, after leading the nation in fan voting, was named Honorable Mention at free safety. He finished 6th in the NFL with five interceptions this season; his final season after 18 in the NFL.
First team was Vikings' Harrison Smith and second team was Seahawks' Earl Thomas.