A poll of NFL players conducted by The Sporting News has picked San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willisas the favorite to win defensive player of the year in 2012.
"(Patrick Willis) is a beast, man. The guy is a monster. He can do it all. I haven't seen a linebacker like that since Ray Lewis was in his prime."
"As talented as (Patrick Willis) is, he's also one of the smartest players on the field. He knows what's going on - it's instinctual. To add to that, he's an absolute freak. He's been up there every year his entire career. Why not this year?"
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