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

Updated November 6, 2019 8.2k votes 880 voters 5.6k views48 items
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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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  • T.J. Watt1
    509
    275

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

  • Stephon Gilmore2
    387
    338

    Stephon Gilmore

    Buffalo Bills

    PositionCornerback, Defensive back

    BirthplaceRock Hill, South Carolina

    Age30

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

  • Nick Bosa3
    264
    322

    Nick Bosa

    San Francisco 49ers

    PositionDefensive end

    BirthplaceFort Lauderdale, Florida

    Last season's stats: Will be his rookie season

  • Cameron Heyward4
    208
    255

    Cameron Heyward

    Pittsburgh Steelers, Ohio State Buckeyes football

    PositionDefensive end

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Age31

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

  • Aaron Donald5
    200
    249

    Aaron Donald

    Los Angeles Rams

    Age29

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

  • 6
    114
    142

    Shaquil Barrett

  • Chandler Jones7
    78
    97

    Chandler Jones

    New England Patriots, Syracuse Orange football

    PositionDefensive end

    BirthplaceRochester, New York

    Age30

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

  • Bobby Wagner8
    105
    158

    Bobby Wagner

    Seattle Seahawks

    PositionLinebacker

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    Age30

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

  • Jamal Adams9
    139
    211

    Jamal Adams

    New York Jets

    PositionStrong safety

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

  • 10
    42
    67

    Za'Darius Smith

  • Danielle Hunter11
    46
    76

    Danielle Hunter

    Last season's stats: 14.5 sacks, 72 tackles

  • Jadeveon Clowney12
    54
    90

    Jadeveon Clowney

    South Carolina Gamecocks football

    PositionDefensive end

    BirthplaceRock Hill, South Carolina

    Age27

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

  • Cameron Jordan13
    97
    161

    Cameron Jordan

    New Orleans Saints, California Golden Bears football

    PositionDefensive end

    BirthplaceChandler, Arizona

    Age31

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

  • Joey Bosa14

    Last season's stats: 5.5 sacks, 23 tackles

  • 15
    21
    41

    Preston Smith

  • Patrick Peterson16
    21
    42

    Patrick Peterson

    Arizona Cardinals, LSU Tigers football

    PositionCornerback

    BirthplaceFort Lauderdale, Florida

    Age30

  • Fletcher Cox17
    22
    45

    Fletcher Cox

    Philadelphia Eagles

    PositionDefensive tackle, Defensive end

    BirthplaceYazoo City, Mississippi

    Age29

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

  • Demarcus Lawrence18
    24
    48

    Demarcus Lawrence

    Boise State Broncos football

    BirthplaceAiken, South Carolina

    Age28

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

  • Khalil Mack19
    114
    198

    Khalil Mack

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

  • Harrison Smith20
    28
    55

    Harrison Smith

    Minnesota Vikings

    PositionSafety

    BirthplaceKnoxville, Tennessee

    Age31

    Last season's stats: 3 interceptions, 3.0 sacks, 84 tackles, 1 forced fumble

  • Marshon Lattimore21

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

  • Leighton Vander Esch22
    32
    64

    Leighton Vander Esch

    Dallas Cowboys

    PositionLinebacker

    Last season's stats: 2 interceptions, 140 tackles

  • Derwin James23

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

  • Terrell Suggs24
    17
    38

    Terrell Suggs

    Arizona Cardinals

    PositionOutside Linebacker

    BirthplaceMinneapolis, Minnesota

    Age37

  • 25
    12
    31

    Kingsley Keke