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Aaron Donald, Johnny Hekker named to All-Pro First Team

The Rams had two representatives among the All-Pro First team selection for the 2016 season.

The NFL on Friday afternoon announced this year's selections for the All-Pro First team, which included a pair of Los Angeles Rams in defensive tackle Aaron Donald and punter Johnny Hekker

It marks the first time in 15 years that the Rams have had a player earn this honor in consecutive seasons. The last player to accomplish that mark was Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk, who received a selection in each of his first three years with the team. 

This was Donald's second straight nod as he finished the 2016 season with 36 tackles, 8.0 sacks, 31 hits on the quarterback, two forced fumbles, and a league-leading 17 tackles-for-loss. Despite it being a minor drop in production from last season, the 24-year-old has established himself as one of the league's best defensive players.

He also has earned three consecutive Pro Bowl selections in as many years behind leading all defensive tackles in sacks (28.0) and tackles for loss (57) since entering the league. 

Hekker is coming off a record-breaking campaign that saw him set the NFL single-season record with 53 punts downed inside the 20-yard line. He also led the league with 46.0 net yards per punt. Hekker also recorded four punts that went at least 70 yards, which tied the all-time mark with former Oakland Raiders punter Shane Lechler who had that mark in the 2011 season. He also had just one of 98 punts result in a touchback. 

Linebacker Alec Ogletree made the All-Pro Second Team at his position with just a single vote for the third spot in the group. In his first season as the starting middle linebacker, he recorded career-high 136 tackles along with a forced fumble, two interceptions, and 11 passes defended. 

In his first four seasons in the NFL, the former first-round selection has topped 100 tackles three times. Ogletree also holds three of the top 10 highest single-season tackle totals, which is the most by any player in team history. 


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