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Who Will Win The 2019 NFL Defensive Player Of The Year?

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The top NFL Defensive Player of the Year candidates in 2019 are all hoping to make a strong impact on their side of the field. Most of the all-time great defenders have taken home the award, indicating they were the best overall defensive player in the league for a full season. Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald is hoping to three-peat after winning the 2017 and 2018 awards in impressive fashion.

J.J. Watt is the only other active player to win NFL DPOY multiple times, with a record-tying three on his trophy shelf. Other players like Luke Kuechly and Khalil Mack are hoping to win it a second time with one each. The NFL is never short of talented defensive players and the competition will be stronger than ever this season, with players like Myles Garrett, Joey Bosa, and Cameron Jordan all in the running.

So make your 2019 NFL Defensive Player of the Year predictions below, voting up the players you think have the best chance of competing for the award and voting down the players who shouldn't be near the top of the list. Add any players you think belong here that aren't listed below. Then head over and check out the top candidates for 2019 NFL MVP.

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  • Last season's stats: 13.0 sacks, 68 tackles, 6 forced fumbles

  • Last season's stats: 2 interceptions, 1.0 sacks, 45 tackles, 2 forced fumbles

  • Last season's stats: 13.0 sacks, 49 tackles, 3 forced fumbles

  • 4

    Shaquil Barrett

  • Last season's stats: 20.5 sacks, 59 tackles, 4 forced fumbles

  • Last season's stats: 8.0 sacks, 51 tackles, 1 forced fumble

  • Last season's stats: Will be his rookie season

  • Last season's stats: 1 interception, 1.0 sack, 138 tackles, 2 forced fumbles

  • 9

    Za'Darius Smith

  • Last season's stats: 9.0 sacks, 47 tackles, 1 forced fumble

  • Last season's stats: 12.0 sacks, 49 tackles, 1 forced fumble

  • Last season's stats: 5.5 sacks, 23 tackles

  • Danielle Hunter
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    Danielle Hunter

    Last season's stats: 14.5 sacks, 72 tackles

  • Last season's stats: 1 interception, 14.5 sacks, 48 tackles, 4 forced fumbles

  • Last season's stats: 1 interception, 3.5 sacks, 115 tackles, 3 forced fumbles

  • Last season's stats: 1 interception, 12.5 sacks, 47 tackles, 6 forced fumbles

  • Last season's stats: 1 interception, 2.0 sacks, 130 tackles, 2 forced fumbles

  • Last season's stats: 1 interception, 10.5 sacks, 64 tackles, 2 forced fumbles

  • Last season's stats: 2 interceptions, 59 tackles, 4 forced fumbles

  • 21

    Preston Smith

  • Last season's stats: 16.0 sacks, 61 tackles, 7 forced fumbles

  • Last season's stats: 1 interception, 0.5 sacks, 105 tackles

  • Last season's stats: 3 interceptions, 3.5 sacks, 105 tackles

  • Last season's stats: 10.5 sacks, 46 tackles, 1 forced fumble