NFL Defensive Player of the Year: Making a Case for the Top 5 Players

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NFL Defensive Player of the Year: Making a Case for the Top 5 Players
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Among the hardware that was distributed Saturday was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award, with defensive end Terrell Suggs of the Baltimore Ravens being awarded the trophy for 2011.

There were several deserving candidates this season, so let's take a look at some of those players, what they did to merit consideration in the first place, and the defender we believed should have taken home the hardware.

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