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Buffaloes in the NFL: David Bakhtiari named All Pro

The former Buff may be the best offensive lineman in the NFL

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Three weeks after having his name inexplicably left off the Pro Bowl roster, former Colorado Buffaloes left tackle David Bakhtiari has been named All Pro left tackle.

The honor designates the current Green Bay Packer as the best in the NFL at his position. He had been named second team All Pro in 2016 and 2017, as well as a Pro Bowl nod in 2016.

In his sixth season in the NFL, Bakhtiari has finally put his name at the top. Pro Football Focus has long had a crush on the former fourth round pick, so it’s no surprise to see him as the top-rated tackle according to their metrics. PFF had previously discussed Bakhtiari as the top pass blocking tackle in the game. They had had him listed as the best LT in 2017 and the second best in 2016.

According to PFF, Bakhtiari allowed just 28 pressures on 737 passing snaps, and only twice did he allowed multiple pressures in the same game. It’s difficult to find useful stats on offensive linemen, but those are elite numbers.

Robert Mays of the Ringer, a noted lineplay nerd, is another writer who has long had a crush on Bakhtiari. He featured the Packers’ offensive line in 2015 for Grantland and that’s still a must-read. And in 2018, he listed him as one of the best players in the NFL and analyzed this clip.

If you’re looking for more literature on Bakhtiari, I wrote a biography about him in Farsi for class. (.بختیاری ایرانی است اما من نمی دانم اگر زبان را درک کند / Bakhtiari is Iranian, but I don’t know if he speaks the language.)

Here’s the full All Pro offense:

QB — Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs/Texas Tech

RB — Todd Gurley, Rams/Georgia

FLEX — Tyreek Hill, Chiefs/West Alabama

WR — Michael Thomas, Saints/Ohio State

WR — DeAndre Hopkins, Texans/Clemson

TE — Travis Kelce, Chiefs/Cincinnati

LT — David Bakhtiari, Packers/Colorado

RT — Mitchell Schwartz, Chiefs/California

LG — Quenton Nelson, Colts/Notre Dame

RG — Zack Martin, Cowboys/Notre Dame

C — Jason Kelce, Eagles/Cincinnati

The All Pro defense:

DE — Khalil Mack, Bears/Buffalo

DE — J.J. Watt, Texans/Wisconsin

DT — Aaron Donald, Rams/Pittsburgh

DT — Fletcher Cox, Eagles/Mississippi State

LB — Luke Kuechly, Panthers/Boston College

LB — Bobby Wagner, Seahawks/Utah State

LB — Darius Leonard, Colts/South Carolina State

CB — Kyle Fuller, Bears/Virginia Tech

CB — Stephon Gilmore, Patriots/South Carolina

S — Eddie Jackson, Bears/Alabama

S — Derwin James, Chargers/Florida State

DB — Desmond King, Chargers/Iowa

And finally special teams:

K — Justin Tucker, Ravens/Texas

P — Michael Dickson, Seahawks/Texas

KR — Andre Roberts, Jets/The Citadel

PR — Tarik Cohen, Bears/North Carolina A&T

ST — Adrian Phillips, Chargers/Texas

If you’re keeping track at home, CU has as many players there as both Alabama and The Citadel.