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Who was the Falcons defensive player of the year?

It’s Grady Jarrett. Obviously.

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The offensive player of the year was a little harder to sort out, but the defensive player of the year for the Falcons? Easiest call of the year, as you’ll see below.

Let us know if you disagree in the comments!

DT Grady Jarrett

I’m sure I won’t be the only writer to make this selection, as nobody has really earned the Falcons Defensive Player of the Year more than defensive tackle Grady Jarrett. This past summer Jarrett and the Falcons agreed on a four-year, $68 million deal which some fans criticized heavily. Typically, when plays in the past have signed a big contract, their play declines. That wasn’t the case with Jessie Tuggle’s son, Grady Jarrett. He secured the bag and went out to lead the team in QB hits, finish with 7.5 sacks and be selected to his first ever Pro Bowl. This year he put the league on notice that he’s one of the best defensive tackles in the league. - Evan Birchfield

DT Grady Jarrett

It’s boring, because I already put him down for team MVP, but it’s also well-deserved. Jarrett was the team’s best and most essential defender by a mile in 2019, and he will likely remain their best and most essential defender for years to come. Easy. - Dave Choate

DT Grady Jarrett

This one is too easy. The only player on the Falcons defense to grade out as “elite” according to PFF, Jarrett was a nearly unstoppable force for most of the season. He did that work despite not having a good supporting cast around him. He’s easily one of the best interior defensive lineman in the league and his first Pro-Bowl nod this season is way overdue. The one good thing Atlanta did this year was to get him locked in for the long-term. - David Walker

DT Grady Jarrett

He was such a dominant force to the point where I can’t even consider going against the grain and selecting someone else. He’s the only player on the team whom you could rely on to show up every single week, and it’s a shame that the players around him didn’t take advantage of it more. - Adnan Ikic