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NFL Honors 2017: Raiders Khalil Mack named AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year

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Winning the 2016 AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award is Raiders pass rusher Khalil Mack.

He wins the award after a dominant season which included a sack streak of 8-straight games, finishing with 11.0 sacks on the season along with an interception returned for a touchdown and five forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries. He added 77 combined tackles (56 solo).

The third year pro was named the Defensive Player of the Week twice and the Defensive Player of the Month for November on the way to his second consecutive All Pro and Pro Bowl season.

His 26 QB hits last season was second in the league. His 5 forced fumbles was 3rd in the league as was his 3 fumble recoveries. His 11.0 sacks was 8th in the league, and his 14 tackles for loss was 10th.

This is the capper on a season that had already seen him win a slew of awards.

Mack becomes the team’s first Defensive Player of the Year Award winner since Lester Hayes in 1980.