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Who Will Win the 2018 NFL Defensive Player of the Year? 

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Updated July 23, 2019 4.4k votes 765 voters 4.1k views 29 items
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UPDATE: Head over and make your 2019 NFL Defensive Player of the Year predictions.

With this year's football season underway, it's time to make your NFL 2018 Defensive Player of the Year predictions. Last year, Aaron Donald took home the honors, and he's in the running for a repeat—that is, unless any of the other candidates on the list take home the honors. Regardless, there's some serious talent making their way up the runnings in 2018, including the NFL's best defensive players such as Chargers' Joey Bosa, Jaguars' Jalen Ramsey, and the Broncos' Von Miller, among others. Whether they're top linebackers or the toughest defensive ends, each of these NFL players could win the award this year, but who do you think is the most deserving of the 2018 NFL Defensive Player of the Year? 

While we may be all a little partial to our favorite teams, we all have a general idea of who looks good this season—especially after tuning into the 2018 preseason. So, though you may be inclined to find your favorite player and vote him up (and you're more than welcome to), be sure to cast your votes for who you think will win the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2018.

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Khalil Mack is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who Will Win the 2018 NFL Defensive Player of the Year?
Khalil Mack
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Aaron Donald is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Will Win the 2018 NFL Defensive Player of the Year?

Named the NFL's 2018 Defensive Player of the Year.

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J. J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Will Win the 2018 NFL Defensive Player of the Year?
Defensive end from Waukesha, Wisconsin
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Von Miller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Will Win the 2018 NFL Defensive Player of the Year?
Dylan Evans added Outside Linebacker and Defensive end from Dallas, Texas
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Bobby Wagner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Will Win the 2018 NFL Defensive Player of the Year?
Linebacker from Los Angeles, California
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Myles Garrett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Will Win the 2018 NFL Defensive Player of the Year?
Dylan Evans added
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Patrick Peterson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Will Win the 2018 NFL Defensive Player of the Year?
Cornerback from Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Demarcus Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Will Win the 2018 NFL Defensive Player of the Year?
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Tyrann Mathieu is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Will Win the 2018 NFL Defensive Player of the Year?
LuckyDarth123 added Tyrann Mathieu Cornerback from New Orleans, Louisiana
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Gerald McCoy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Will Win the 2018 NFL Defensive Player of the Year?
Defensive tackle from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Jalen Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Will Win the 2018 NFL Defensive Player of the Year?
Dylan Evans added
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Cam Jordan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Will Win the 2018 NFL Defensive Player of the Year?
Cam Jordan
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Geno Atkins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Will Win the 2018 NFL Defensive Player of the Year?
Defensive tackle from Pembroke Pines, Florida
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Melvin Ingram is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Will Win the 2018 NFL Defensive Player of the Year?
Melvin Ingram Outside Linebacker from Hamlet, North Carolina
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Calais Campbell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Will Win the 2018 NFL Defensive Player of the Year?
Dylan Evans added Calais Campbell Defensive end from Denver, Colorado
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Luke Kuechly is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Will Win the 2018 NFL Defensive Player of the Year?
Linebacker from Cincinnati, Ohio
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Joey Bosa is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Will Win the 2018 NFL Defensive Player of the Year?
Dylan Evans added
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Earl Thomas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Will Win the 2018 NFL Defensive Player of the Year?
LuckyDarth123 added Safety and Free Safety from Orange, Texas
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Harrison Smith is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Will Win the 2018 NFL Defensive Player of the Year?
Harrison Smith Safety from Knoxville, Tennessee
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Eric Berry is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Will Win the 2018 NFL Defensive Player of the Year?
Zack Scott added Cornerback and Safety from Fairburn, Georgia
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Fletcher Cox is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Will Win the 2018 NFL Defensive Player of the Year?
Dylan Evans added Fletcher Cox Defensive tackle and Defensive end from Yazoo City, Mississippi
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HaHa Clinton-Dix is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Will Win the 2018 NFL Defensive Player of the Year?
LuckyDarth123 added HaHa Clinton-Dix
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Josh Norman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Will Win the 2018 NFL Defensive Player of the Year?
LuckyDarth123 added Cornerback from Greenwood, South Carolina
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Chandler Jones is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Will Win the 2018 NFL Defensive Player of the Year?
Chandler Jones Defensive end from Rochester, New York
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Kevin Byard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who Will Win the 2018 NFL Defensive Player of the Year?