In 2012, the NFL saw some of the most dominant defensive performances ever. Odds are, 2013 won't be quite the same. Some of those same dominant players remain Defensive Player of the Year candidates, however.
Looking at prior performance, overall ability and potential moving forward, it is easy to determine who the NFL's best defensive players are. Based on position, some of these are more likely than others to win Defensive Player of the Year.
It is always difficult to predict who will win a certain award. Rarely, though, is it difficult to narrow down a list of possibilities.