Who is the best defensive player in the NFL? The top NFL Defensive Player of the Year candidates in 2021 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. Whether it's through sacks, interceptions, fumbles, or tackles, these DPOY candidates are looking to make a big difference for their teams. Who is the best player on the defensive side of the ball? Who should win the Defensive Player of the Year award in 2021?
Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald and Arizona Cardinals' defensive end J.J. Watt are the only two active players to win NFL DPOY multiple times, with a record-tying three each. Other players like Myles Garrett and T.J. Watt are hoping to capture their first. The NFL is never short of talented defensive players and the competition will be stronger than ever this season, with players like Chase Young, Joey Bosa, and Khalil Mack all in the running.
Make your 2021 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.