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Published by on May 22, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NFL

Johnathon Vilma: NFL Defensive Player of the Year?

I realize the thought of a Saints defensive player being named Defensive Player of the Year sounds ridiculous. I am not necessarily saying Vilma will earn that honor this season, or even be in the conversation in 2009.

But down the road, in two or three years, I think it is a possibility. Here's why:

Vilma is just going into his sixth year in the league. He proved to be healthy a season ago, and had his best season since his second year in the league in 2005. Linebackers generally have their best seasons in years six through 10 of their careers. That's Ray Lewis, that's Derrick Brooks, and several others.

While Vilma will be learning his third...

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