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With the NFL now five weeks into the 2020 season and several players having outstanding years, who is in the lead in the race for the DPOY award?

So NFL fans we are five weeks into the NFL season (It’s passing way too quickly) and amid undefeated teams, winless teams, COVID teams and injury-ravaged teams there are players making their case for this seasons DPOY award. Unlike the MVP award this awards can come from anywhere on the defensive side of the ball and we have already seen some candidates step forward.

And on that note here are the top 3…

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Aaron Donald

Donald is already a two-time defensive player of the year in the NFL and honestly, he’s probably one of the best defensive players I’ve ever watched. The fact he gets so much pressure on the opponent’s quarterback, beats double teams and is constantly in with a shot of being sack leader is amazing considering he is a defensive tackle.

Through only 5 games Donald’s stats this season are crazy so let’s take a look:

  • Tackles – 17 Total, 10 Solo, 7 Assists
  • Tackles for Loss 6
  • Sacks 7.5
  • QB Hits – 13
  • Forced Fumble/Recovery – 2/1

On his current trajectory, Donald will break 20 sacks for the season which is league-leading for an outside edge rusher never mind a defensive tackle and will probably win him the award without much standing in his way. Only Lawrence Taylor and J.J Watt have won this award three times.

2020 NFL DPOY Browns' Myles Garrett
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Myles Garrett

After playing fairly well last year, his little incident on the field against the Steelers where he went after Mason Rudolph with his own helmet, an offseason where he got paid huge money and a 4-1 start for the Browns. Garrett has inserted himself as one of the premium pass rushers in the league. The freakish athletic ability was there for all to see at the combine and he had shown positive stats in his first few years racking up 30 sacks. This year he seems on a mission to be the best defensive player in the game.

So through 5 games let’s take a look at his stats:

  • Tackles – 15 Total, 13 Solo, 2 Assists
  • Tackles for Loss – 3
  • Sacks – 6
  • QB Hits – 10
  • Forced Fumble/Recovery – 3/2

Garrett’s numbers are impressive in what I’d class as one of the tougher divisions for getting to the quarterback (unless you are playing the Bengals). If he continues to produce at his current rate he will be in the conversation come seasons end.

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Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey gestures toward a line judge before a play against the Cincinnati Bengals during the second half of a NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Marlon Humphrey

Marlon Humphrey is another player has just signed a huge contract extension to keep him with the Baltimore Ravens for another five years, and for good reason. Humphrey is already known as a premium cornerback in the league from his ability to play bump and run, his aggressive tackling and his turnovers. This season he has started off posting some great numbers, however, it’s the moments he makes big plays that stand out for this guy. Baltimore is riding a 4-1 record and two of those games could be down to Humphrey making a game-changing play when it mattered.

So let’s take a look at his stats:

  • Tackles – 28 Total, 22 Solo, 6 Assists
  • Tackles for Loss – 1
  • Sacks – 1.5
  • QB Hits – 3
  • Forced Fumble – 3
  • Interceptions – 1
  • Conceded Touchdowns – 0

Marlon Humphrey doesn’t just play outside corner, he also plays in the slot which is distinctly more difficult for corners to rack up low completion percentages. He has 28 combined tackles from the corner position through five games but the big number that stands out is forced fumbles.

There a few more pass rushers that could probably make this list and will be in with a shot but at the current time, I can’t see them competing with the two guys on this list.

Who do you is leading the race for the 2020 NFL DPOY award? Let us know!

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