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Khalil Mack first player voted to AP All-Pro first team at two positions

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 06:  Khalil Mack #52 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates after a sack of Alex Smith #11 of the Kansas City Chiefs during their NFL game at O.co Coliseum on December 6, 2015 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) Getty Images

There’s no question that Khalil Mack was a force for the Raiders defense in his second season.

There was some question for All-Pro voters whether he should be considered a defensive end or a linebacker, but that didn’t get in the way of him being voted to the first team. Twice.

The Associated Press announced that Mack has been voted to the first team at both positions. Other players have made the first team at one position and the second team at another, but Mack is the first to make the first team at multiple spots.

Mack had 77 tackles, 15 sacks and two forced fumbles while starting all 16 games this season.

J.J. Watt is one of those players who have split votes between positions in the past, but everyone considered him a defensive end this year and they all voted for the only unanimous selection on the defensive side of the ball. The Texans star has made the All-Pro team four straight years and is a good bet to win his third defensive player of the year award.

Had the Texans opted for Mack instead of Jadeveon Clowney in the 2014 draft, Watt and Mack would be sharing a field. Should Mack keep playing the way he did in 2015, he may join Watt as a winner of that award in the next few years.

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56 Responses to “Khalil Mack first player voted to AP All-Pro first team at two positions”
  1. longsufferingkcfan says: Jan 8, 2016 1:35 PM

    He’s probably counting down the days until his contract expires and he can go to a team that has a chance at relevancy.

  2. silverhat78 says: Jan 8, 2016 1:36 PM

    Congrats Mack #52

    You’re awesome and look forward to seeing you dominate in the future.

  3. steelbydesign says: Jan 8, 2016 1:36 PM

    Man, imagine the Texans defense if they’d taken him over Clowney.

  4. steelbydesign says: Jan 8, 2016 1:36 PM

    Man, imagine the Texans defense if they’d taken him over Clowney.

  5. vancouversportsbro says: Jan 8, 2016 1:38 PM

    Him and Aaron Donald will be the two best defensive players in the league for a long time.

  6. whodey420 says: Jan 8, 2016 1:39 PM

    The guy is a beast! The Raiders are trending in the right direction. One or two more good drafts and a couple of
    decent – good free agents and they could be a force in the
    AFC West or AFC in general.

  7. silvernblacksabbath says: Jan 8, 2016 1:40 PM

    longsufferingkcfan says:Jan 8, 2016 1:35 PM

    He’s probably counting down the days until his contract expires and he can go to a team that has a chance at relevancy.
    ——————————
    Don’t get too confident boy.. Your choking Chiefs will exit the playoffs as usual. Could they win their first playoff game since Joe Montana???

  8. bradygirl12 says: Jan 8, 2016 1:42 PM

    Totally deserves it…

  9. vancouversportsbro says: Jan 8, 2016 1:43 PM

    I still remember the draft and how Buffalo moved up multiple spots thinking they were going to get their boy from U of B.

    Everyone said he would be the best pick at the draft too. The Texans look foolish now.

  10. yyc2phx says: Jan 8, 2016 1:45 PM

    Amazing how semi intelligent men can fall in love with “one hit wonders” like Clowney…

    MACKATTACK

  11. pooflingingmonkey says: Jan 8, 2016 1:47 PM

    It must be frustrating for Mack, playing for the lowly Raiders and having had no choice in the matter.

    He is excellent from what I’ve heard and read, but the Raiders are almost never nationally televised because they’re irrelevant, so I can’t say for sure.

  12. snap0179 says: Jan 8, 2016 1:51 PM

    Clowney injured his ear after hearing the news, ruled out for this week

  13. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 8, 2016 1:51 PM

    Khalil Mack is not only a true Raider, he’s also a true Jack Del Rio guy. The sacks didn’t come early in the season, but he kept chopping that wood and eventually they came. Another great draft pick by Reggie Mac.

  14. bighoser says: Jan 8, 2016 1:52 PM

    Mack and Carr will be locked up as the Raiders have tons of salary cap room and Reggie believes in building through the draft and paying those guys if they pan out ala Green Bay. Looking forward to Mack terrorizing the NFL for years to come in the Silver and Black!

  15. rabidbillsfan says: Jan 8, 2016 1:52 PM

    I might be misinterpreting your comment, but it was never assumed Buffalo was moving up to take Mack last year. Doug Whaley would have lost his job on the spot and pitchforks and torches would have been on his tail out of town. Now, Mack is the man. I don’t know if his being voted at 2 positions speaks to his success, or the lack of other worthy candidates. It doesn’t matter, he is putting UB football on the map with every accolade he recieves. To think, this kid opted for Buffalo, instead of any local Florida school.

  16. howiehandles says: Jan 8, 2016 1:53 PM

    Was a Raider fan as a kid. Once of those franchises that makes the NFL better when they’re good, whether you hate them or not. Everyone has an opinion about them.

  17. chaunce922 says: Jan 8, 2016 1:53 PM

    Its even hard for me to claim, but David Amerson deserves some recognition for the turn around he had in Oakland this year. Did he make some mistakes at first? yea, a ton, but he progressed every week and eventually became out best CB.

    You can say hes the shiniest turd on the pile but he was absolutely terrible in washington and he actually looked like a legit starter under our staff.

    Salute to Mack for being the most talented person on our defense but he wouldnt have gotten a few of those sacks if it werent for the improved play of Amerson.

  18. nflofficeadmin says: Jan 8, 2016 1:53 PM

    stallion!

  19. babyfarkmcgeezax says: Jan 8, 2016 1:55 PM

    Congrats to Mack… probably the only player in the NFL who would even have a prayer of sniffing playing time on the historic Vikings defense.

  20. jdbaker01 says: Jan 8, 2016 1:56 PM

    He’s the Jethro Tull of the football world.

  21. nflofficeadmin says: Jan 8, 2016 1:57 PM

    silver and black stallion

  22. Treat manning like Brady says: Jan 8, 2016 1:58 PM

    Does he get 2 game checks?

  23. longsufferingkcfan says: Jan 8, 2016 2:02 PM

    silvernblacksabbath says:

    He’s probably counting down the days until his contract expires and he can go to a team that has a chance at relevancy.
    ——————————
    Don’t get too confident boy.. Your choking Chiefs will exit the playoffs as usual. Could they win their first playoff game since Joe Montana???

    _____________________________________

    Hahaha. If they don’t win tomorrow, you guys need to let me have it.

  24. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 8, 2016 2:08 PM

    My highest rated LB prospect of all-time. A great player and looking forward to seeing what he does with the rest of his career!

  25. jerry944 says: Jan 8, 2016 2:08 PM

    How were you a raiders fan as a kid? You just changed teams? A real fan does not switch teams..come on man

  26. raiderej says: Jan 8, 2016 2:09 PM

    Wow and he will only get BETTER! Bad news for the aging QBs in our AFC West. —-The ONLY Nation Raidernation

  27. r502 says: Jan 8, 2016 2:10 PM

    Texans could have drafted Carr as well.

  28. raiderman81 says: Jan 8, 2016 2:11 PM

    Reggie has nailed the draft the past two years… thank god!!!

    14 – Mack , Carr , Gabe Jackson
    15- Cooper , Mario Edwards JR , Clive Walford…

  29. oakfolk says: Jan 8, 2016 2:11 PM

    In a word? Beast.

  30. thebillscouldeventuallymove says: Jan 8, 2016 2:14 PM

    As a Raider fan when he came out of Buffalo even I rolled my eyes at the Lawrence Taylor comparisons. Now not so much

  31. mdobrasz says: Jan 8, 2016 2:21 PM

    Ok, now let’s sign Von Miller in the off-season and wreck the NFL next year up and down the field! BOOM!

  32. hje118 says: Jan 8, 2016 2:34 PM

    Mack and JJ on the same field at the same time would have been a show.

  33. araidersfan says: Jan 8, 2016 2:40 PM

    Khalil Mack is a ‘tweener like Ted Hendricks was and even at this early point in his career it looks like Mack can completely dominate and take over games on defense like the Mad Stork. And unlike other good pass-rushing LB/DEs Mack is also equally good at shutting down the running game as he is at striking fear into QBs.

  34. raymondtx says: Jan 8, 2016 3:01 PM

    Doh!

    Signed,
    Htown

  35. Silver and Black attack says: Jan 8, 2016 3:11 PM

    Dudes a monster..no other way to put it.

  36. 6ball says: Jan 8, 2016 3:15 PM

    .
    @rabidbill

    ” it was never assumed Buffalo was moving up to take Mack last year. Doug Whaley would have lost his job on the spot and pitchforks and torches would have been on his tail out of town. ”

    Retrospect is always 20/20. However the Bills ended up with a very good WR while passing on someone who was their ” messiah “. Mack is a guy who could have changed the balance of power in the AFC East. He’s a guy who could have made Tom Brady not be Tom Brady.

    Lol…. And he was hiding in plain sight at UB.
    .

  37. BigAlHeBDMan says: Jan 8, 2016 3:23 PM

    I’m glad the Texans didn’t draft him. It would have been unfair to the rest of the League. Instead with the 1st pick in the draft they selected CLOWNey, Good one (for the circus).

  38. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Jan 8, 2016 3:30 PM

    Just think. If vampire Al were still alive, the Raiders never would have drafted him because he’s not a 4.3 WR. Congrats to him, and the Raiders organization. To the doubters who posted earlier, I suspect with Mack and Carr, they’ll be relevant soon enough.

  39. casualmalexlfan says: Jan 8, 2016 3:39 PM

    Still pissed the Texans opted to select a certain someone over Mack. All the accolades this guy is picking up are much deserved. Man can legit ball!

  40. shlort says: Jan 8, 2016 3:43 PM

    AP All Pro team: Khalil Mack.

  41. jbraider says: Jan 8, 2016 3:47 PM

    Raiders have the most salary cap room of any team for next year – more than $15 million more than the team with the second highest amount. They also are, as of now, in the top 3 for salary cap room for 2017 and 2018 with no guaranteed back loaded contracts.

  42. granadafan says: Jan 8, 2016 4:03 PM

    Clowney was #1 because of one huge hit and is super athletic. The Texans ignored the red flags, the video of his underachievement, the words of caution from Spurrier and were all goo goo ga ga over his combine numbers. They absolutely blew this one.

  43. bassplucker says: Jan 8, 2016 4:05 PM

    14 – Mack , Carr , Gabe Jackson
    15- Cooper , Mario Edwards JR , Clive Walford…
    ——————–
    Yup, those are the kinds of drafts that multi-year playoff teams are made of.

    Give them one more good class this April and let the culture makeover take hold over the offseason and there’s no reason they can’t be still playing ball this time next year.

  44. Treat manning like Brady says: Jan 8, 2016 4:09 PM

    6ball says:
    Jan 8, 2016 3:15 PM
    Mack is a guy who could have changed the balance of power in the AFC East. He’s a guy who could have made Tom Brady not be Tom Brady.

    Tiny overstatement.

    Others have tried, and failed. How about we let him play a while longer before we build his own HOF?

    When he’s been doing it for 10 years, then we’ll see.

  45. peytonmanningsforehead says: Jan 8, 2016 4:10 PM

    Thank you Texans,

    Signed,

    RAIDER NATION.

    P.S. The bills suck and they always will. Losers.

  46. bobnyjets says: Jan 8, 2016 4:10 PM

    Excuse me but haven’t both Joe Klecko and Charles Woods on been named straters at multiple positions for the Pro Bowl?

    Mack is very VERY good but let’s not overblow winning two spots in what is essentially a beauty contest.

  47. rushbacker says: Jan 8, 2016 4:54 PM

    “You welcome .”

    – Michael Schofield

  48. taugrim (Ed Park) says: Jan 8, 2016 4:57 PM

    > Excuse me but haven’t both Joe Klecko and Charles Woods on been named straters at multiple positions for the Pro Bowl?

    This is the All Pro voting not the Pro Bowl voting.

  49. dejadoh says: Jan 8, 2016 5:22 PM

    And don’t forget Ben Heeney. He had a pretty damn good second half rookie year. Dude was a mad man on the ball.

    Go Raiders!

    We need more OL.

    raiderman81 says:
    Jan 8, 2016 2:11 PM
    Reggie has nailed the draft the past two years… thank god!!!

    14 – Mack , Carr , Gabe Jackson
    15- Cooper , Mario Edwards JR , Clive Walford…

  50. dreadpirate88 says: Jan 8, 2016 5:27 PM

    bobnyjets says:
    Jan 8, 2016 4:10 PM
    Excuse me but haven’t both Joe Klecko and Charles Woods on been named straters at multiple positions for the Pro Bowl?
    ————————————

    This is All-Pro, not Pro Bowl. And Klecko and Woodson were not voted in at two positions *in the same year*.

  51. jswheeler says: Jan 8, 2016 6:42 PM

    QB Stats
    level awarded/TDs/INT/Yards passing/rush yds
    first team/35/10/3837/636
    2nd team/35/11/4671/24
    nothing/36/7/4770/53

  52. lunarpie says: Jan 8, 2016 8:50 PM

    The Raiders are BACK!!!!

    MMMMAAAAAAACCCCCCCCKKKKKKK!!!!!!!!!!!!

  53. florencehendersonandthemachine says: Jan 8, 2016 9:08 PM

    A prince is riding. I’ve heard the thunder of his hooves. Swift as the wind he rides. His enemies will cower before him… and their wives will weep tears of blood… the Stallion Who Mounts the World.

  54. raiderapologist says: Jan 8, 2016 10:16 PM

    myopinionisrighterthanyours says:
    Jan 8, 2016 3:30 PM

    Just think. If vampire Al were still alive, the Raiders never would have drafted him because he’s not a 4.3 WR. Congrats to him, and the Raiders organization.
    ———————
    Al drafted Rolando McClain, who is slow. Del Rio is a 4-3 under guy, but when Aldon Smith got signed, they went with more 3-4 looks. When Smith got suspened, as everyone knew he would, Mack got moved around, and exploded. He got two All Pro spots because he earned two spots.

  55. radrntn says: Jan 9, 2016 1:27 PM

    STUD

  56. johnrobinson09 says: Jan 9, 2016 4:13 PM

    Coming from a Falcon fan who had to watch a Falcon struggle in the bottom half of the NFL in pass rush and just awful in sacks. We gave up our highest pick to draft a Clemson DE with nowhere near the results expected. It just goes to show, where you play college football doesn’t guarantee immediate success in the NFL.

    Congrats to the Raiders who deserve this turnaround.

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