Mostly, every defensive player on this list will be starting right away. There are no excuses, it's time to see what these players are made of.
The defensive player of the year award has been dominated by linebackers over the years until Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh ended a seven-year streak last season.
The Lions have actually won the most rookie of the year awards combined with seven, can Nick Fairley add to that total? Can a cornerback win the award for the first time since 1998?
A lot of great players and some are in great situations, but only one can win the award.
Here are your top 10 2011 NFL defensive rookie of the year candidates.
This list is in no particular order.