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The 5 O'Clock Club: 2017 Most Valuable Defender?

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NFL: DEC 17 Cardinals at Redskins Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr./Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The 5 o’clock club aims to provide a forum for reader-driven discussion at a time of day when there isn’t much NFL news being published. Feel free to introduce topics that interest you in the comments below.

Today I’d like to revisit a topic, but ask you to think a little differently.

If you can, don’t worry about season-long impact, where an injured player isn’t as effective as a healthy player.

Thinking only of games where the player was healthy, who was the most significant player in terms of Washington defensive success?

  • Jonathan Allen, before the Lisfranc injury
  • Matt Ioannidis, before he broke his hand
  • Zach Brown, before he missed the last several games of the season
  • D.J. Swearinger, whom I think was healthy all year long
  • Josh Norman, if you factor out the broken ribs
  • Bashaud Breeland, Kendall Fuller, Ryan Kerrigan, Preston Smith, Zach Vigil or Anthony Lanier, who all escaped major injury

Personally, I can think of arguments for several of these guys, and I don’t think that any one player is a slam dunk.

But for the purposes of the poll, you can only choose one...


Ignoring injuries, and focusing only on impact when healthy, who was the Redskin Most Valuable Defender in 2017?

This poll is closed

  • 30%
    Jonathan Allen
    (125 votes)
  • 3%
    Matt Ioannidis
    (14 votes)
  • 26%
    Zach Brown
    (108 votes)
  • 7%
    D.J. Swearinger
    (32 votes)
  • 2%
    Josh Norman
    (11 votes)
  • 0%
    Baushaud Breeland
    (0 votes)
  • 6%
    Kendall Fuller
    (28 votes)
  • 20%
    Ryan Kerrigan
    (86 votes)
  • 0%
    Preston Smith
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Zach Vigil
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Anthony Lanier
    (2 votes)
411 votes total Vote Now