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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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  • Pittsburgh Steelers
    370
    197

    PositionOutside linebacker

    BirthplacePewaukee, Wisconsin

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

  • Buffalo Bills
    276
    243

    PositionCornerback, Defensive back

    BirthplaceRock Hill, South Carolina

    Age31

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

  • 3

    Shaquil Barrett

    84
    102
  • 4

    Chandler Jones

    Arizona Cardinals
    58
    71

    PositionOutside linebacker

    BirthplaceRochester, New York

    Age31

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

  • San Francisco 49ers
    190
    231

    PositionDefensive end

    BirthplaceFort Lauderdale, Florida

    Last season's stats: Will be his rookie season

  • Los Angeles Rams
    146
    179

    Age30

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

  • 7

    Cameron Heyward

    Pittsburgh Steelers, Ohio State Buckeyes football
    150
    184

    PositionDefensive end

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Age32

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

  • Seattle Seahawks
    77
    112

    PositionLinebacker

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    Age31

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

  • New York Jets
    101
    149

    PositionStrong safety

    BirthplaceLewisville, Texas, USA

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

  • 10

    Za'Darius Smith

    31
    50
  • 11

    Danielle Hunter

    34
    55

    Last season's stats: 14.5 sacks, 72 tackles

  • Cleveland Browns
    39
    64

    PositionDefensive end

    BirthplaceRock Hill, South Carolina

    Age28

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

  • 13

    Cameron Jordan

    New Orleans Saints, California Golden Bears football
    70
    114

    PositionDefensive end

    BirthplaceChandler, Arizona

    Age32

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

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

  • 15

    Khalil Mack

    Chicago Bears
    82
    140

    PositionOutside linebacker

    BirthplaceFort Pierce, Florida

    Age30

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

  • Minnesota Vikings
    16
    30

    PositionCornerback

    BirthplaceFort Lauderdale, Florida

    Age31

  • New Orleans Saints
    31
    56

    PositionCornerback

    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio

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

  • 18

    Fletcher Cox

    Philadelphia Eagles
    17
    32

    PositionDefensive tackle, Defensive end

    BirthplaceYazoo City, Mississippi

    Age31

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

  • Boise State Broncos football
    18
    34

    BirthplaceAiken, South Carolina

    Age29

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

  • Dallas Cowboys
    24
    45

    PositionLinebacker

    Last season's stats: 2 interceptions, 140 tackles

  • Carolina Panthers, Boston College Eagles football
    60
    108

    PositionLinebacker

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio

    Age30

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

  • Denver Broncos
    31
    58

    PositionOutside Linebacker, Defensive end

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

    Age32

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

  • Arizona Cardinals
    58
    106

    PositionDefensive end

    BirthplaceWaukesha, Wisconsin

    Age32

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

  • Los Angeles Chargers
    20
    39

    PositionStrong safety

    BirthplaceHaines City, Florida

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

  • Seattle Seahawks
    46
    86

    PositionCornerback, Wide receiver

    BirthplaceCompton, California

    Age33

    Last season's stats: 1.0 sacks, 37 tackles