With the NFL playoffs starting this weekend, it's time for the Associated Press to cast their votes for the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year 2016. A nationwide panel of 50 AP members will decide which NFL player most helped his team on defense during his first season. This could include any defensive plays like interceptions, sacks, and defensive touchdowns. And while there are plenty of AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year predictions written by sports journalists out there, this list is all about what you think.
In the 2015 season, cornerback Marcus Peters of the Kansas City Chiefs won the Defensive ROTY award for his eight interceptions (two of them returned for touchdowns) in his rookie season. In the 2016-2017 season, the award might go to defensive end Joey Bosa of the San Diego Chargers. Although he missed his first four games due to injury, he had 10.5 sacks and 21 quarterback hits this season.
But those aren't the only NFL rookies most likely to be Defensive Rookie of the Year. Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey is also in contention for the award. Even though his team did not perform well in the regular season, Ramsey has shown great promise as a young cornerback when shutting down the opposing team's primary receiver.
Who do you think will be the AP 2016 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year? Will October's Defensive Rookie of the Month Joey Bosa be the ROTY winner? How about New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple or Chicago Bears linebacker Leonard Floyd?
Vote for the NFL player you think will win the AP NFL 2016 Defensive Rookie of the Year award!