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2015-16 Pac-12 All-NFL team: the best Pac-12 alumni playing in the NFL

We update our team of the best Pac-12 football alumni for the 2015-16 NFL season in the heart of playoff season.

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Each year, we pick an All-Pro team made up of only Pac-12 players.


QB Carson Palmer Arizona (USC) Palmer had one of the better late-career bounceback seasons of all-time. He had such a good season he took Aaron Rodgers out of this spot which he seemingly had occupied for the past decade.

RB Jonathan Stewart Carolina (Oregon) - Stewart had probably the second-best season of his career in his eighth year in the league. He ran for nearly 1,000 yards and was integral in the Panthers being the best team in the league.

RB C.J. Anderson Denver (Cal) - Anderson had a disappointing season, but  still good when compared to the average running back as he ran for more than 700 yards and scored five touchdowns.

WR Doug Baldwin Seattle (Stanford) - Baldwin blew up in 2015 and turned into one of the league's best receivers as Russell Wilson's go-to receiver. He finished with more than 1,000 yards receiving and scored 14 touchdowns.

WR Brandin Cooks New Orleans (Oregon State) - Cooks turned into a star receiver in just his second season in the league with more than 1,100 yards receiving and nine touchdown catches as one of Drew Brees' favorite targets.

TE Rob Gronkowski New England (Arizona) - Gronk was healthy and Gronk again, continuing his legacy of possibly becoming the best tight end of all-time.

T Tyron Smith Dallas (USC) - Smith had another great season even if the Cowboys were a disaster.

G David DeCastro Pittsburgh (Stanford) - DeCastro put it all together in 2015 and became arguably the best guard in the league.

C Ryan Kalil Carolina (USC) - Another guy who got back to his peak. Kalil was a monster up front for the Panthers and was a key role in getting them to the best record in the league.

G Kyle Long Chicago (Oregon) - The Bears actually ran the ball better than you might think in 2015 and Long was part of that.

T Mitchell Schwartz Cleveland (Cal) - Schwartz had the best season of his career, earning a handful of All-Pro votes.


DE Cameron Jordan New Orleans (Cal) - Jordan was a rare bright spot  on a bad Saints defense as he finished with 10 sacks.

DT Leonard Williams Jets (USC) - An All-Rookie-Team selection, Williams made plays all over the field as a rookie, finishing with more than 60 tackles.

DT David Parry Indianapolis (Stanford) - Another great rookie, Parry was troublesome for offenses up front all season.

DE Everson Griffen Minnesota (USC) - Griffen had his second-straight great season with double-digit sacks on an improved Viking defense.

LB Malcolm Smith Oakland (USC) - The former Super Bowl MVP moved to Oakland and had the best season of his career with more than 120 tackles and four sacks.

LB Clay Matthews Green Bay (USC) - The beat goes on for the star linebacker as he put in another great season for the Packers as one of the league's best inside linebackers.

LB Brian Cushing Houston (USC) - Cushing had another very good year with more than 100 tackles.

CB Richard Sherman Seattle (Stanford) - Sherman didn't have the marquee year he had a couple of years ago, but he is still one of the best cornerbacks in the league.

CB Marcus Peters Kansas City (Washington) - Peters exploded as a rookie with a league-leading eight interceptions, two of which he took for scores and was the defensive rookie of the year.

S/hybrid Deone Bucannon Arizona (Washington State) - Part of a nasty Cardinals defense, Bucannon had nearly 100 tackles in 2015, three sacks and a pick for a score. Most importantly, he is one of the NFL's best hitters.

S Dashon Goldson Washington (Washington) - Goldson had a bit of a bounceback season with a new team with more than 100 tackles and a pick for a score.

Special Teams

K Travis Coons Cleveland (Washington) - Had the best field goal percentage of any Pac-12 alumni kicker.

P Johnny Hekker St. Louis (Oregon State) - Had the best season of his career as the All-Pro team punter.

2nd Team


QB Aaron Rodgers Green Bay (Cal)

RB LaGarrette Blount New England (Oregon)

RB Justin Forsett Baltimore (Cal)

WR Markus Wheaton Pittsburgh (Oregon State)

WR Marvin Jones Cincinnati (Cal)

TE Zach Ertz Philadelphia (Stanford)

T Nate Solder New England (Colorado)

G Shawn Lauvao Washington (Arizona State)

C Alex Mack Cleveland (Cal)

G Zane Beadles Jacksonville (Utah)

T David Bakhtiari Green Bay (Colorado)


DE Jurrell Casey Tennessee (USC)

DT Danny Shelton Cleveland (Washington)

DT Tyson Alualu Jacksonville (Cal)

DE Lawrence Guy Baltimore (Arizona State)

LB Eric Kendricks Minnesota (UCLA)

LB Mychal Kendricks Philadelphia (Cal)

CB Desmond Trufant Atlanta (Washington)

CB Sean Smith Kansas City (Utah)

S Patrick Chung New England (Oregon)

S T.J. Ward Denver (Oregon)

Special Teams

K Mason Crosby Green Bay (Colorado)

P Bryan Anger Jacksonville (Cal)