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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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Khalil Mack is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who Will Win The 2019 NFL Defensive Player Of The Year?
Chicago Bears

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

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Aaron Donald is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Jamal Adams is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Stephon Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 4 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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J. J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Cameron Jordan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Will Win The 2019 NFL Defensive Player Of The Year?
New Orleans Saints

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

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Luke Kuechly is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Myles Garrett is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Will Win The 2019 NFL Defensive Player Of The Year?
Myles Garrett Cleveland Browns

Last season's stats: 13.5 sacks, 44 tackles, 3 forced fumbles

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Cameron Heyward is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Will Win The 2019 NFL Defensive Player Of The Year?
Pittsburgh Steelers

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

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Bobby Wagner is listed (or ranked) 10 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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T.J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Harrison Smith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Will Win The 2019 NFL Defensive Player Of The Year?
Minnesota Vikings

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

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Von Miller is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Joey Bosa is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Jalen Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Will Win The 2019 NFL Defensive Player Of The Year?
Jacksonville Jaguars

Last season's stats: 3 interceptions, 65 tackles

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Richard Sherman is listed (or ranked) 16 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

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Jadeveon Clowney 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: 9.0 sacks, 47 tackles, 1 forced fumble

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Darius Leonard is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Will Win The 2019 NFL Defensive Player Of The Year?
Indianapolis Colts

Last season's stats: 2 interceptions, 7.0 sacks, 163 tackles, 4 forced fumbles

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Chandler Jones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Will Win The 2019 NFL Defensive Player Of The Year?
Arizona Cardinals

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

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Landon Collins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Will Win The 2019 NFL Defensive Player Of The Year?
Washington Redskins

Last season's stats: 96 tackles, 1 forced fumble

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Danielle Hunter is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Marshon Lattimore is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Melvin Ingram is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Will Win The 2019 NFL Defensive Player Of The Year?
Los Angeles Chargers

Last season's stats: 1 interception, 7.0 sacks, 43 tackles, 1 forced fumble

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Jaylon Smith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Will Win The 2019 NFL Defensive Player Of The Year?
Dallas Cowboys

Last season's stats: 4.0 sacks, 121 tackles, 2 forced fumbles

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Derwin James is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who Will Win The 2019 NFL Defensive Player Of The Year?
Los Angeles Chargers

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