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The 2019 NFL Draft was known for its impressive assortment of defensive linemen, a couple of speedy Devins at linebacker and a group of defensive backs who were lacking in high-impact potential. After fitting players with teams, the list of Defensive Rookie of the Year candidates may stack up a little differently than how the prospects were drafted.

Let's take a glance at some historical notes and trends that could help piece the DROY puzzle together.

» Only two cornerbacks over the last 20 seasons have been named Defensive Rookie of the Year.
» No safety has won the award since Mark Carrier did it for the Chicago Bears in 1990.
» Last year's winner, second-rounder Darius Leonard, was the first non-first-round pick to claim the award since linebacker DeMeco Ryans in 2006.
» From 2004 through 2012, an inside linebacker won the award six times.
» Since 2002, five edge defenders have won it, all with season sack totals ranging from 10.0 to 14.5.

Below are my top eight candidates to win the Defensive Rookie of the Year award for the 2019 NFL season.

~ ~  4) Quinnen Williams, DT, New York Jets

New defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is known for employing an aggressive, attacking front, and that meshes perfectly with the quickness and athleticism of Quinnen Williams. With former first-round pick Leonard Williams on the same defensive line and blitz packages forcing offensive linemen on their heels, Quinnen Williams should see plenty of favorable one-on-one matchups -- especially on passing downs. His level of success may also lie in where the Jets decide to align the No. 3 overall pick, as he was much less effective as a mid-line player on tape.

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