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

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With football season well underway, now is a great time to start making you predictions as to who will win the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2018. While some of these new players are also in the running for the 2018 Rookie of the Year, that's not to say they can't also be considered for the DROTY. From new linebackers to the top cornerbacks coming out of college, who do you think has the best chance of taking the award home this year?

When it comes to making your Defensive Rookie of the Year predictions for 2018, there's a decent list of first-round draft picks to consider—and they're all worthy candidates for the award. This includes players like the Bears' Roquan Smith, the Browns' Denzel Ward, and Chargers' Derwin James, among others. However, the favorite for many is Denver Broncos' star Bradley Chubb. In short, any of the guys on this list could be the next DROTY—but it's up to you fans to decide just who the award should be handed to this season.

Check out the list of 2018 Defensive Rookie of the Year candidates below and give a vote to the players you think are most deserving of the award. You can feel free to add other players to the list, as well as vote players down accordingly. For more 2018 NFL honors predictions, cast a vote for the Offensive Rookie of the Year.

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Roquan Smith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who Will Win the 2018 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year?
Roquan Daevon Smith is an American football linebacker for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Georgia. Smith became the first Georgia Bulldog ...more
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Leighton Vander Esch is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Will Win the 2018 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year?
Dallas Cowboys
Leighton Vander Esch is an American football outside linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Boise State. As a redshirt freshman, ...more
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Denzel Ward is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Will Win the 2018 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year?
Denzel Ward is an American football linebacker for the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
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Bradley Chubb is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Will Win the 2018 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year?
Bradley Austin Chubb is an American football outside linebacker for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at NC State. As a freshman, Chubb ...more
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Darius Leonard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Will Win the 2018 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year?

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

Darius Leonard is an American Football linebacker for the South Carolina State Bulldogs.
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Derwin James is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Will Win the 2018 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year?
Derwin Alonzo James Jr. is an American football safety for the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Florida State. He was drafted by the ...more
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Minkah Fitzpatrick is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Will Win the 2018 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year?
Minkah Fitzpatrick
Minkah Fitzpatrick is a football player.
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Shaquem Griffin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Will Win the 2018 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year?
SuperUnicorn33 added Shaquem Griffin Seattle Seahawks
Shaquem Alphonso Griffin (born July 20, 1995) is an American football linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He is the twin brother of Seahawks cornerback ...more
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Jaire Alexander is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Will Win the 2018 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year?
Jaire Zakar Alexander is an American football cornerback for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Louisville, and was drafted by the Packers ...more
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Josh Jackson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Will Win the 2018 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year?
Joshua Jackson is an American football cornerback for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Iowa, and was drafted by the Packers in the ...more
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Marcus Davenport is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Will Win the 2018 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year?
Marcus Davenport is an American football defensive end for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at UTSA. He was drafted by the Saints in the ...more
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Tremaine Edmunds is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Will Win the 2018 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year?
Fe'Zahn Tremaine Edmunds is an American football linebacker for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Bills in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. ...more
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Vita Vea is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Will Win the 2018 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year?
Tevita Tuliʻakiʻono Tuipulotu Mosese Vaʻhae Fehoko Faletau "Vita" Vea is an American football defensive tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He ...more
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Harold Landry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Will Win the 2018 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year?
Harold Antonio Landry III is an American football outside linebacker for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Boston College. He was drafted ...more
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Rashaan Evans is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Will Win the 2018 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year?
Alan Rashaan Evans is an American football linebacker for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Alabama. A native of Auburn, Alabama, Evans ...more
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Taven Bryan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Will Win the 2018 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year?
Taven Coal Bryan is an American football defensive tackle for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Florida from 2014 to 2017. During his ...more
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Da'ron Payne is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Will Win the 2018 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year?
Daron Payne, alternatively spelled Da'Ron, is an American football nose tackle for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Alabama, and was ...more
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Mike Hughes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Will Win the 2018 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year?
Mike Hughes
Mike Hughes is an American football cornerback for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at UCF. Hughes played one year at North Carolina in ...more