OAKLAND, Calif., Jan. 19 (UPI) -- In only his second season, Oakland Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack has claimed his elite spot among NFL defenders.
The No. 5 overall selection in the 2014 NFL draft made history Monday, when he was selected twice for the Pro Football Writers Association's All-NFL team.
Mack, who netted 15 sacks this season, was selected to the team as a defensive end and outside linebacker. Other members of the All-NFL defense include: Houston's J.J. Watt, St. Louis' Aaron Donald, Denver's Von Miller, Carolina's Luke Kuechly and Josh Norman, Arizona's Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu, and Kansas City's Eric Berry.
Oakland’s Khalil Mack made history as first player to be chosen PFWA All-NFL at two positions in the same year: DE and OLB.— Pro Football Writers (@PFWAwriters) January 18, 2016
Mack, 24, also had 77 tackles and two forced fumbles this season as a contender for the NFL defensive player of the year award.
The Buffalo product signed a four-year, $18,677,002 fully guaranteed contract in 2014, with an $11,903,272 signing bonus. Mack is set to make $600,000 next season with a $1,517,910 roster bonus. He has a club option in 2018 before becoming a free agent in 2019.
Mack finished second to Watt's 17.5 sacks this season. Pro Football Focus ranked Mack as its No. 5 overall run defender. In December, Pro Football Focus ranked Mack as its "highest-graded edge defender on the year with a 96.8 rating."