Khalil Mack falls in DROY voting

On a great night for legendary Raiders wide receiver Tim Brown, it was a humbling night for rookie linebacker Khalil Mack.

Mack entered the night hoping to be named the Defensive Rookie of the Year, but will ahve to wait to try and earn a different award next season.

Instead of going with the standout linebacker in the Silver & Black, the Associated Press chose to go with St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald.

Out of the 50 votes given, Donald received 25 of the votes whereas Mack received just six. Ravens LB C.J. Mosley received 18 votes and 49er’s linebacker Chris Boreland also received one vote.

Much was made about it taking 11 weeks for the Raiders young linebacker to record his first sack, but it really shouldn’t have. Though he only got to the quarterback for a sack four times, Mack was second in the league with 40 quarterback hurries by a 4-3 outside linebacker. Only Von Miller was ahead of him.

On top of that, opposing offensive lines were focusing a lot on blocking Mack with thh rest of the Raiders pass rush struggling, and Mack was absolutely exceptional against the run.

According to Pro Football Focus’ metrics, Mack was the best 4-3 outside linebacker in the league, both overall (56.4 rating) and in run defense (47.4 rating).

Mack played 412 total defensive run snaps, and made the tackle on an astound 10.2 percent of the plays, according to Pro Football Focus.

According to unofficial press box statistics, Mack totaled 75 tackles (59 solo) this season. Of those 75 tackles, 52 (69.3 percent) of them were made for a loss or within three yards of the line of scrimmage. Of his 59 solo tackles, 37 (62.7 percent) of those were for a loss or within three yards of the line of scrimmage.


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