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

Updated July 23, 2019 12.0k votes 765 voters 4.2k views29 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 Mack1
    969
    523

    Khalil Mack

    Chicago Bears
  • Aaron Donald2
    659
    515

    Aaron Donald

    Los Angeles Rams

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

  • J. J. Watt3
    578
    494

    J. J. Watt

    Houston Texans
  • Von Miller4
    344
    485

    Von Miller

    Denver Broncos
  • Bobby Wagner5
    162
    255

    Bobby Wagner

    Seattle Seahawks
  • Myles Garrett6
    225
    355

    Myles Garrett

    Cleveland Browns
  • Demarcus Lawrence7
    141
    260

    Demarcus Lawrence

    Dallas Cowboys
  • Patrick Peterson8
    111
    209

    Patrick Peterson

    Arizona Cardinals
  • Jalen Ramsey9
    165
    314

    Jalen Ramsey

    Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Joey Bosa10
    154
    309

    Joey Bosa

    Los Angeles Chargers
  • Luke Kuechly11
    146
    295

    Luke Kuechly

    Carolina Panthers
  • Cam Jordan12
    105
    222

    Cam Jordan

    New Orleans Saints
  • Tyrann Mathieu13
    81
    176

    Tyrann Mathieu

    Arizona Cardinals, LSU Tigers football
  • Gerald McCoy14
    67
    160

    Gerald McCoy

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Harrison Smith15
    103
    233

    Harrison Smith

    Minnesota Vikings
  • Fletcher Cox16
    111
    249

    Fletcher Cox

    Philadelphia Eagles
  • Calais Campbell17
    81
    192

    Calais Campbell

    Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Eric Berry18
    92
    217

    Eric Berry

    Kansas City Chiefs
  • Earl Thomas19
    76
    187

    Earl Thomas

    Seattle Seahawks
  • Geno Atkins20
    65
    165

    Geno Atkins

    Cincinnati Bengals
  • Melvin Ingram21
    65
    165

    Melvin Ingram

    Los Angeles Chargers
  • HaHa Clinton-Dix22
    46
    141

    HaHa Clinton-Dix

    Alabama Crimson Tide Football
  • Chandler Jones23
    43
    152

    Chandler Jones

    Arizona Cardinals
  • Josh Norman24
    48
    179

    Josh Norman

    Carolina Panthers
  • Kevin Byard25
    43
    157

    Kevin Byard

    Tennessee Titans