Defensive Player of the Year:
The winner: Marlon Humphrey
This award could’ve gone to any three of the above-mentioned names and no one would’ve complained either way.
Matt Judon led the Baltimore Ravens in sacks with a career-high 9.5. Judon, who claims his body is built by Taco Bell, was lights out against opposing offensive linemen. Judon set the edge vs. the run and rushed the passer with great efficiency. In a year where the Ravens struggled to consistently get after the quarterback, Judon was a knight in shining armor for the pass rush. He’s going to cash in big this offseason, whether that’s with Baltimore or someone else.
For being a midseason acquisition, Marcus Peters was perhaps the best defensive player in all of football. Peters was named to the NFL’s First-Team All-Pro list behind his five interceptions and three pick-sixes. When the Ravens traded for him from the Los Angeles Rams, Peters took his game to a whole new level. If you threw his way, you were going to pay. Across from Marlon Humphrey, Peters made life a living hell on opposing quarterbacks.
The poll came down to the wire, but ultimately Marlon Humphrey was dubbed the Baltimore Ravens Defensive Player of the Year. Humphrey played his tail off and his best football is ahead of him. Ravens Flock can rejoice as they have one of the league’s top cornerbacks in Humphrey dominating whoever he lines up against.