3 Saints who could realistically win Defensive Player of the Year
LB, Demario Davis
Demario Davis seemed to pull something off that was quite unique last season.
Davis somehow managed to be voted in as a first-team All-Pro selection but simultaneously missed out on being voted a Pro-Bowl selection — how? We still don’t get it as Davis has never been in the spotlight.
The veteran linebacker did have one of his best seasons in his career last year. He totaled 111 tackles, 4.0 sacks, 11 tackles for a loss, nine hits on the quarterback, and 12 passes defended with one interception.
You could virtually say that Davis was a presence for opposing quarterbacks all over the field. At any point in time, Davis could be found rushing the quarterback, and the next play, he could be dropping back in coverage threatening to intercept the pass.
That is the chemistry that makes a linebacker so dangerous.
They basically have the skills of a defensive end and a cornerback wrapped into a huge, versatile body. Because they do so much, however, makes it hard for this position to succeed at one thing — they do it all.
T.J. Watt, from the Pittsburgh Steelers, was the only linebacker on the list of finalists last season.