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Khalil Mack selected to the All-Pro Team…..Twice?

Khalil Mack had more first-team All-Pro selections than 25 NFL teams.

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OK, so the 2015 Associated Press All-Pro Team was announced, and Mack found himself on it….. twice. He appeared on defense at two different positions: defensive end and linebacker. Naturally, that’s the first time a player has appeared on the first team at two different positions.

HowieLongMack is a completely deserving member of the team, no question. He was second in the NFL in sacks with 15 and tackles made with 77. Five of those sacks came in a huge win over the Denver Broncos, tying Hall of Famer Howie Long’s club sack record for a single game. Mack drops in coverage sometimes, but he can also effectivly rush the passer whenever the play calls for him to. He’s most certainly a hybrid of sorts.

You can understand the confusion to a degree. After all, fellow All Pro member Tyrann Mathieu made the team as a safety but often lined up as a slot corner before getting hurt. Really, both he and Mack are part of a new wave of defenders who are chess pieces. Think of guys like Jimmy Graham (not an All Pro) — is he a tight end or a receiver? The answer is, well, yes.

Perhaps some (many?) of the 50 voters were confused what position Mack plays? He’s an “edge” player, and perhaps the confusion stems from the fact that he’s listed on the team’s official depth chart as a linebacker but on its roster as a defensive end.

Here’s the complete All Pro team:

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QB: Cam Newton, Panthers
RB: Adrian Peterson, Vikings; Doug Martin, Buccaneers
FB: Mike Tolbert, Panthers
WR: Antonio Brown, Steelers; Julio Jones, Falcons
TE: Rob Gronkowski, Patriots
T: Andrew Whitworth, Bengals; Joe Thomas, Browns
G: David DeCastro, Steelers; Marshal Yanda, Ravens
C: Ryan Kalil, Panthers

DEFENSE

DE: J.J. Watt, Texans; Khalil Mack, Raiders
DT: Aaron Donald, Rams; Geno Atkins, Bengals
LB: Thomas Davis, Panthers; Luke Kuechly, Panthers; Khalil Mack, Raiders; Von Miller, Broncos; Navorro Bowman, 49ers
CB: Josh Norman, Panthers; Patrick Peterson, CardinalsGostkowski1Stephen Gostkowski
S: Tyrann Mathieu, Cardinals; Eric Berry, Chiefs

SPECIAL TEAMS

K: Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots
P: Johnny Hekker, Rams
KR: Tyler Lockett, Seahawks

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