Aaron Donald has finally been dethroned. After having a career year at the age of 29, New England Patriots star cornerback Stephon Gilmore has won the 2019s Defensive Player of the Year award. He is the first Patriot to ever win the award, and only the 6th corner to ever do so.
Gilmore is joined by Charles Woodson, who won the award in 2009 while splitting time at safety and corner, Deion Sanders, Rod Woodson, Lester Hayes, and Mel Blount. Gilmore's season had a higher approximate value than any of the other cornerbacks DPOY-winning seasons. In fact, he had a higher AV this season than those other five CBs ever had in a single season.
Gilmore was also selected to his second All-Pro first team, along with his third Pro Bowl. He finished tied with the most interceptions in the league with six, as well as 20 passes defended. Quarterbacks did not have a fun time against him, as he allowed the third-smallest passer rating in the league. He just beat out former Patriot Chandler Jones and third-year linebacker T.J. Watt.
Stephon captained a powerful Patriots defense, seemingly the best defense in Patriots history. They also seem to be one of the best in the last couple of decades, and could've been the best ever if not for a bit of a slump near the end of the season. He still has a couple of years left on his contract, and could potentially have an even better season in the future. If there is one thing not to worry about, it is the secondary as long as Gilmore is here.