Oakland Raiders third-year defensive end Khalil Mack continued to develop into one of the National Football League's most feared defensive players, and now he's building on to an already-impressive resume. The young edge rusher has been named the AP Defensive Player of the Year.
Mack has grown into one of the toughest defensive players on the field, both against the run and the pass. The young edge rusher finished the season with 73 tackles, 11 sacks, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, one interception and one touchdown. He also pressured opposing quarterbacks a league-high 96 times, according to Pro Football Focus.
His 11 sacks included an eight-game streak where he recorded a sack, including an amazing game against the Carolina Panthers where he did it all. In that game, Mack became the first player to record a sack, an interception, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a touchdown in the same game.
Mack faced tough competition for the award that included Giants safety Landon Collins, Broncos pass rusher Von Miller, Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald and Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner. NFL.com is reporting that Mack ended up victorious for the award by just one vote over Miller.
The Raiders selected Mack fifth-overall in the 2014 NFL Draft and will continue to build around him as the defensive playmaker the team has long been looking for.