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2017 season review: Who was the Jaguars defensive player of the year?

Divisional Round - Jacksonville Jaguars v Pittsburgh Steelers Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The Jacksonville Jaguars defense hit unprecedented levels of productivity last season. Oftentimes carrying the offense (and even outscoring them certain weeks) it was the defense that carried this team to the AFC Championship.

But on a team of superstars, who deserves to be named Defensive Player of the Year?

Do you pick one of the All-Pro cornerbacks? What about the new franchise leader in sacks? How about the second-year phenomenon with double-digit sacks and six (SIX!) forced fumbles?

Who was the best player on defense last season? The Big Cat Country team made their decisions below:

@AlfieBCC: Jalen Ramsey

@ryaneatscake: Calais Campbell

@zach_goodall: Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye (tie)

@marhsim: Yannick Ngakoue

@ryanobleness: Calais Campbell

@J_Siettmann: Calais Campbell

It’s hard to argue that the new franchise sack leader was the best player on the defensive side of the ball last year. Campbell finished with 14.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, and a touchdown.

But lest we forget the other defensive end who also got a vote — Ngakoue had himself 13.0 sacks, seven forced fumbles (including one in the AFC Divisional Round that led to a pivotal Telvin Smith touchdown), and was all-around an incredibly dominant player in his own right.

And Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye make up the best cornerback duo in the NFL right now. Both were named as All-Pros, both played in the Pro Bowl, and both shut down opposing wide receivers all season long, allowing just a couple of touchdowns through the air total from all of 2017.

What do you think? Who was the defensive player of the year this past season?


Who was the Jacksonville Jaguars’ MVP for the 2017 season?

This poll is closed

  • 44%
    Calais Campbell
    (1195 votes)
  • 29%
    Jalen Ramsey
    (785 votes)
  • 12%
    A.J. Bouye
    (344 votes)
  • 9%
    Leonard Fournette
    (266 votes)
  • 4%
    (116 votes)
2706 votes total Vote Now