Defensive End Khalil Mack and Offensive Lineman Kelechi Osemele
Khalil Mack and Kelechi Osemele earned Associated Press First-Team All-Pro honors at season's end, and now the pair of Oakland Raiders have another accolade to add to their résumés, as they both have been named to the *Sporting News *2016 All-Pro Team.
Joining the likes of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, Mack and Osemele are now regarded by Sporting News as the best players at their respective positions in 2016.
"Mack doesn't top any conventional defensive stat categories, but his peers place him above all other defenders in the NFL," wrote Sporting News. "SN's Defensive Player of the Year for 2016 hasn't missed a start through his first three seasons, dominant from Day 1. He also dominated the voting both for the player of the year award and his defensive end spot on the All-Pro team."
As far his offensive teammate is concerned, Sporting News made sure to praise all that Osemele accomplished in 2016 as well.
"The argument can be made that Osemele to the Raiders was the most impactful free-agent signing in 2016," Sporting News wrote. "He's a massive reason why Oakland finished in the top 10 as a team in rushing yards, rushing yards per attempt and rushing yards per game. NFL coaches recognized that impact and rewarded Osemele for his stellar season."
In addition to their nod from Sporting News, both Mack and Osemele were also named Pro Bowlers, and Mack was actually named the Sporting News Defensive Player of the Year as well.