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Khalil Mack and Justin Ellis Named to PFWA’s All-Rookie Team

Posted Jan 13, 2015

Oakland Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack and defensive tackle Justin Ellis have been named to the PFWA’s All-Rookie team, the Pro Football Writers of America announced Tuesday.

Oakland Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack and defensive tackle Justin Ellis have been named to the PFWA’s All-Rookie team, the Pro Football Writers of America announced Tuesday.

It marks the first time the Raiders have had multiple players to receive the honor since 2010, when three Raiders were recognized.

Mack, the Raiders’ first-round selection (fifth overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft, started all 16 games for the Silver and Black in 2014. He was a consistent force on defense, totaling 84 tackles (59 solo), four sacks, four passes defensed and one forced fumble.

Before joining Oakland, the 6-foot-3, 252-pounder played collegiately at Buffalo, starting all 48 career games and totaling 327 tackles (186 solo), 28.5 sacks, 16 forced fumbles, four interceptions and 21 passes defensed.

Ellis, the Raiders’ fourth-round selection (107th overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft, played in all 16 games with 14 starts and recorded 39 tackles (21 solo) and one pass defensed.

At 6-foot-2 and 334 pounds, Ellis played four years at Louisiana Tech, where he started 25-of-37 games and finished with 102 tackles (37 solo), 2.5 sacks, three passes defensed and two forced fumbles.