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.
David Bakhtiari just dominating these first 2 reps and ending it with a nasty slingshot. What he is doing right now is SPECIAL: pic.twitter.com/DnbBAEYoPQ— Brandon Thorn (@BrandonThornNFL) October 2, 2018
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.