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

Aaron Hager
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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. Watt is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who Will Win The 2019 NFL Defensive Player Of The Year?
Pittsburgh Steelers

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

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Stephon Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Will Win The 2019 NFL Defensive Player Of The Year?
New England Patriots

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

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Cameron Heyward is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Will Win The 2019 NFL Defensive Player Of The Year?
Cameron Heyward Pittsburgh Steelers

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

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Chandler Jones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Will Win The 2019 NFL Defensive Player Of The Year?
Chandler Jones Arizona Cardinals

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

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Nick Bosa is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Will Win The 2019 NFL Defensive Player Of The Year?
San Francisco 49ers

Last season's stats: Will be his rookie season

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Aaron Donald is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Will Win The 2019 NFL Defensive Player Of The Year?
Los Angeles Rams

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

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Shaquil Barrett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Will Win The 2019 NFL Defensive Player Of The Year?
NolanJH1115 added Shaquil Barrett Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Jamal Adams is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Will Win The 2019 NFL Defensive Player Of The Year?
New York Jets

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

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Za'Darius Smith is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Will Win The 2019 NFL Defensive Player Of The Year?
swifferwetbrett added Za'Darius Smith Green Bay Packers, Baltimore Ravens
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Danielle Hunter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Will Win The 2019 NFL Defensive Player Of The Year?
Danielle Hunter Minnesota Vikings

Last season's stats: 14.5 sacks, 72 tackles

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Bobby Wagner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Will Win The 2019 NFL Defensive Player Of The Year?
Seattle Seahawks

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

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Cameron Jordan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Will Win The 2019 NFL Defensive Player Of The Year?
Cameron Jordan New Orleans Saints

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

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Joey Bosa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Will Win The 2019 NFL Defensive Player Of The Year?
Los Angeles Chargers

Last season's stats: 5.5 sacks, 23 tackles

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Jadeveon Clowney is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Will Win The 2019 NFL Defensive Player Of The Year?
Houston Texans

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

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Preston Smith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Will Win The 2019 NFL Defensive Player Of The Year?
swifferwetbrett added Preston Smith Green Bay Packers, Washington Redskins
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Khalil Mack is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Will Win The 2019 NFL Defensive Player Of The Year?
Khalil Mack Chicago Bears

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

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J. J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Will Win The 2019 NFL Defensive Player Of The Year?
Houston Texans

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

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Marshon Lattimore is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Will Win The 2019 NFL Defensive Player Of The Year?
New Orleans Saints

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

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Tyrann Mathieu is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Will Win The 2019 NFL Defensive Player Of The Year?
Tyrann Mathieu Kansas City Chiefs

Last season's stats: 2 interceptions, 3.0 sacks, 89 tackles

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Patrick Peterson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Will Win The 2019 NFL Defensive Player Of The Year?
lrjezek911 added Arizona Cardinals, LSU Tigers football
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Luke Kuechly is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Will Win The 2019 NFL Defensive Player Of The Year?
Carolina Panthers

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

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Harrison Smith is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Will Win The 2019 NFL Defensive Player Of The Year?
Harrison Smith Minnesota Vikings

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

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Fletcher Cox is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Will Win The 2019 NFL Defensive Player Of The Year?
Fletcher Cox Philadelphia Eagles

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

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Von Miller is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Will Win The 2019 NFL Defensive Player Of The Year?
Denver Broncos

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

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Richard Sherman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who Will Win The 2019 NFL Defensive Player Of The Year?
San Francisco 49ers

Last season's stats: 1.0 sacks, 37 tackles