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.
1 64 56 Roquan Smith Chicago Bears 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
2 55 47 Leighton Vander Esch 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
3 57 51 Denzel Ward Cleveland Browns Denzel Ward is an American football linebacker for the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
4 53 54 Bradley Chubb Denver Broncos 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
5 42 42 Darius Leonard Indianapolis Colts
Named the NFL's 2018 Defensive Rookie of the Year. Darius Leonard is an American Football linebacker for the South Carolina State Bulldogs.
Named the NFL's 2018 Defensive Rookie of the Year.Darius Leonard is an American Football linebacker for the South Carolina State Bulldogs.