Today, the 2017 All-Pro Team was released. While the most ridiculous thing about the list may be the fact that four players made both first and second team, coming in a close second is Andrew Whitworth getting the first-team nod over David Bakhtari at left tackle.
David Bakhtari has been far and away the best tackle in football this year. He’s performed so well that he went first overall in our 2013 re-mock. Bakhtari allowed just 12 total pressures all season, one sack, two hits and nine hurries. He missed four games due to injury, but still allowed just one pressure per game and did so while spending much of the season blocking for Brett Hundley, who had one of the highest rates of holding onto the football in the league. Bakhtari is the only tackle to play at least 450 snaps in pass protection and yield one sack or less.
Andrew Whitworth, on the other hand, allowed six sacks this year, tied for the ninth-most in the NFL. He allowed as many sacks and Ereck Flowers, Bobby Hart, Matt Khalil and John Wetzel. The 14 hurries he allowed were more than the total pressure Bakhtari allowed and he allowed twice as many hits on his quarterback.
Despite this, Whitworth came in overwhelmingly ahead of Bakhtari in the All-Pro votes.
The @AP All-Pro votes for left tackles:
Andrew Whitworth, Rams, 24; David Bakhtiari, Packers, 10; Taylor Lewan, Titans, 5; Tyron Smith, Cowboys, 4; Joe Staley, #49ers, 2; Trent Williams, Washington, 1; Lane Johnson, Eagles, 1
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Per Pro Football Focus, Bakhtari’s 88.9 grade was the best in the NFL among tackles. Whitworth was 11th with an 82.0 grade. The only category Whitworth surpassed Bakhtari in was run blocking, where Whitworth graded out at 84.2 over Bakhtari’s 79.4, but given that this is left tackle, the priority is how well you can pass protect.
Whitworth was a huge signing for the Rams and was a key component to the team returning to relevance while Green Bay struggled to tread water without Aaron Rodgers or a consistent running game, but the All-Pro is an individual award and the performance of the individual needs to take precedent over the success of the team.