Khalil Mack could win Defensive Player of the Year for the Chicago Bears
I thought I would start out with the most obvious pick here. Khalil Mack is no stranger to the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award. During the 2016 season with the Oakland Raiders, he collected 11 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries, and an interception returned for a touchdown en route to the most prestigious award that a defensive player can win in the modern NFL.
When the Raiders refused to sign him to a large contract, the Bears picked him up and signed him to the largest contract that a defensive player has ever seen. Ryan Pace would be paying him $141 million and $90 million guaranteed over the course of six years. Mack immediately earned his keep by recording a sack and forced fumble in each of his first four games, putting his name not only in DPOY discussion but MVP discussion.
He would have a bit of trouble with injuries but continues to uphold his name as one of the best defenders in the league. Mack heads into the third year of his contract with his sights set on new career highs in sacks, forced fumbles, and fumble recoveries. If the offense can keep the defense off the field, Mack should be putting up video-game numbers in 2020 on his way to another DPOY award.