In part one of the NFL series predictions we looked at the writers and contributors picks for each division, the wildcards, each conference, and even the Super Bowl champion. The crack staff at Sports Unbiased and its contributors are at it once again but this time it is all about the hardware. It is time to look at the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award. There are some logical candidates for the award and some others that just might sneak in.
Ned – J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans
Who is currently better at his position? J.J. Watt has done things in his NFL career that Defensive players today can only dream of doing! The man is a physical marvel who accounted for both record breaking offensive and defensive numbers for the Houston Texans last season. This football Phenom is only going to get better.
Don’t get me wrong, there are other great defensive players in the NFL, but none in his class right now. J.J. Watt is playing at another level and is (without question) the best defensive player in the game. If healthy, I see another NFL Defensive Trophy on his mantle in 2016.
Ben – J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans
The Defensive Player of the Year argument has been dominated by one player recently. That player would be J.J. Watt, Watt has been so dominant he’s even been getting some MVP talk. Watt is one of the most dominant players in the game. He racked up 20+ sacks, last year. He also had 5 touchdowns, an insane number for a defensive lineman. Watt also has registered 40+ QB hits in the last 3 seasons.
J.J. Watt consistently dominates any and every Offensive Lineman, and is the center piece of Houston’s defense. Overall, J.J. Watt’s insane level of dominance will warrant him a Defensive Player of the Year award if he keeps it up, and I get a feeling it won’t be too long until we see him winning the MVP trophy.
Adam – J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans
Watt became the first unanimous NFL Defensive Player of the Year last season and made a serious run at MVP honors. He is the only player in the NFL that would be considered the best at his position by every person polled. He is just a beast. Watt did everything anyone can expect of a defensive player and then some. He returned an interception 80 yards for a touchdown, returned a forced fumble for a touchdown, and added a safety. The Texans even went as far as adding him to the offensive playbook inside the 20 catching three touchdown passes. If that is not enough he was a menace in the backfield and added 20.5 sacks. That is just mind boggling. At 26 years old, there is no reason to expect a regression from the youngster. He has a chance to challenge the NFL sack record this season. With an off-season to prepare, who knows what else the Texans might do with him. Heck he might even start returning punts.
JR – Richard Sherman, CB, Seattle Seahawks
Richard Sherman should make some serious noise this year as the defensive player of the year. After a shocking loss in Super Bowl XLIX, Sherman and Co. will once again dominate defensively and continue to rank among the top defensive teams in the league. Sherman has been a DPOY candidate for the last two NFL seasons, and with his uncanny ability to shut down some of the top WR’s in the league, hes destined to win the award this season.