2019-20 NFL Defensive Player of The Year Odds

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Khalil Mack or Aaron Donald to Win DPOY in 2019?

Two of the biggest defensive stars in the NFL today are Bears defensive end Khalil Mack and Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald. Together, the two have combined for three Defensive Player of the Year awards and nine Pro Bowl selections. Donald narrowly won the award in 2018 over Mack, as he recorded 20.5 sacks compared to Mack's 12.5.

Mack contributed in other ways, recording 18 quarterback hits, six forced fumbles and one interception that was returned for a touchdown. Both players are superstars and should be in contention for the award once again in 2019. Donald began the season as the favorite in Defensive Player of the Year NFL odds but by Week 6 Mack was surging.

Stars typically win this award, but several under-the-radar players are making a case to bring home the trophy. One such player is Shaquil Barrett of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who is currently leading the league in sacks with nine. He's on a record-setting pace, but a season with 16 or more sacks would undoubtedly put him in the conversation for the Defensive Player of the Year award.

Keep an eye on rising stars such as Barrett and Nick Bosa, who could potentially steal the award away from the likes of Donald and Mack.

Our Pick for the 2019 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award

While there are many worthy candidates to win the award this season, Mack has to be considered one of the front runners. He is one of the league's best pass-rushers, and as fans of NFL betting know, players who can get to the quarterback often win this award. Over the last five seasons, the league's leading sack master has won the Defensive Player of the Year award.

It also helps that Mack plays on one of the best defenses in the league and is a household name. As long as he can produce 13-16 sacks and the Bears stay competitive, Mack will be in the running to win the award for the second time in his career.

One darkhorse candidate to win the award is Patriots safety Devin McCourty. Not only is he the captain of the league's top-ranked defense, but he's also having a career year. If McCourty can lead the league in interceptions (which he is well on the pace to do), he’s going to have a strong case given how well his team is playing. As a down-the-list candidate, McCourty is a pretty solid bet to take home the award.

NFL Defensive Player of the Year FAQs

Who Won The Defensive Player Of The Year Award In 2018?

Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald won the award in 2018 after recording 25 tackles for a loss, 20.5 sacks, and four forced fumbles. It was Donald’s second-straight year winning the award. Take a look the previous ten Defensive Player of the Year award winners:
2018DT Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams
2017DT Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams
2016DE Khalil Mack, Oakland Raiders
2015DE J.J. Watt, Houston Texans
2014DE J.J. Watt, Houston Texans
2013LB Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers
2012DE J.J. Watt, Houston Texans
2011LB Terrell Suggs, Baltimore Ravens
2010SS Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh Steelers
2009CB Charles Woodson, Green Bay Packers

Who Has The Most DPOY Awards?

Two players have won the Defensive Player of the Year award three times: New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor (1981, 1982, 1986) and Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (2012, 2014, 2015). Six other players have won the award twice, including Joe Greene, Mike Singletary, Bruce Smith, Reggie White, Ray Lewis, and Aaron Donald.

Has a Defensive Player Ever Won NFL MVP?

Two defensive players have won the league’s MVP award: Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Alan Page (1971) and New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor (1986).

Which Position Has The Most DOPY Awards?

Linebackers have won the award the most times at 16, but that stat is somewhat flawed. Players such as Lawrence Taylor, James Harrison and Terrell Suggs were all primarily pass rushers who were labeled as linebackers due to playing in 3-4 defenses. The position with the next most award-winning seasons is defensive end with 13, with Khalil Mack was the most-recent defensive end to win the award.

Who Has Won Back-To-Back DPOY Awards?

There have been three back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year award winners, with the most recent occurrence being Aaron Donald in 2017-2018. Before that, it was J.J. Watt in 2014-2015 and then Lawrence Taylor in 1981-1982. If Donald wins the award in 2019, he would be the first player ever to win the award in three-straight seasons.