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Friday Round-Up: Lists Bobby Wagner Among Top 10 Candidates For Defensive Player Of The Year

Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner is listed among the league's best defenders at as a Top 10 candidate for the league's Defensive Player of the Year award.

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Here's a look at what's 'out there' for today - Friday, December 21 - about your Seattle Seahawks ahead of Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs at CenturyLink Field. Wagner A Top Candidate For DPOY

Bobby Wagner was one of two Seahawks selected to the 2019 Pro Bowl earlier this week and now the Seahawks linebacker is getting a bit more recognition at, which lists Wagner as a top candidate for the league's Defensive Player of the Year award.

Wagner comes in at No. 7 on Around the League writer Chris Wesseling's Top 10 take, slotted ahead of Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller (No. 8), Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence (No. 9), and Indianapolis Colts linebacker Darius Leonard (No. 10).

"Wagner doesn't miss tackles -- literally," Wesseling writes. "Pro Football Focus credits him with zero missed tackles this season. It's an incredible feat, considering (Luke) Kuechly as well as hotshot rookies Darius Leonard and Leighton Vander Esch have missed nine apiece. That thumper's skill set would seem to be at odds with the modern demands of the position, but Wagner is the rare tackling machine who also excels in coverage, earning PFF's highest grade among linebackers. Pete Carroll is right: Wagner is on a Hall of Fame trajectory."

Since Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly won Defensive Player of the Year in 2013, the award has gone to a pass rusher four straight seasons, with Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt winning in 2014 and 2015, Oakland Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack earning the honor in 2016, and Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald taking the award last year. Wesseling sees each of those players as bigger favorites for the award than Wagner this season, rounding out his Top 4 with Donald (No. 1), Mack (No. 2), Watt (No. 3), and Kuechly (No. 4). Wesseling ranks New Orleans Saints defensive lineman Cameron Jordan at No. 5 and Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones, who the Seahawks face this Sunday, at No. 6.

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