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Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year
YearWinnerTeamPosition
2011Von MillerDenver BroncosLinebacker
2010Ndamukong SuhDetroit LionsDefensive Tackle
2009Brian CushingHouston TexansLinebacker
2008Jerod MayoNew England PatriotsLinebacker
2007Patrick WillisSan Francisco 49ersLinebacker
2006DeMeco RyansHouston TexansLinebacker
2005Shawne MerrimanSan Diego ChargersLinebacker
2004Jonathan VilmaNew York JetsLinebacker
2003Terrell SuggsBaltimore RavensLinebacker
2002Julius PeppersCarolina PanthersDefensive End
2001Kendrell BellPittsburgh SteelersLinebacker
2000Brian UrlacherChicago BearsLinebacker
1999Jevon KearseTennessee TitansDefensive End
1998Charles WoodsonOakland RaidersCornerback
1997Peter BoulwareBaltimore RavensLinebacker
1996Simeon RiceArizona CardinalsDefensive End
1995Hugh DouglasNew York JetsDefensive End
1994Tim BowensMiami DolphinsDefensive Tackle
1993Dana StubblefieldSan Francisco 49ersDefensive Tackle
1992Dale CarterKansas City ChiefsCornerback
1991Mike CroelDenver BroncosLinebacker
1990Mark CarrierChicago BearsSafety
1989Derrick ThomasKansas City ChiefsLinebacker
1988Eric McMillanNew York JetsSafety
1987Shane ConlanBuffalo BillsLinebacker
1986Leslie O'NealSan Diego ChargersDefensive End
1985Duane BickettIndianapolis ColtsLinebacker
1984Bill MaasKansas City ChiefsDefensive Tackle
1983Vernon MaxwellBaltimore ColtsLinebacker
1982Chip BanksCleveland BrownsLinebacker
1981Lawrence TaylorNew York GiantsLinebacker
1980Buddy CurryAtlanta FalconsLinebacker
Al RichardsonAtlanta FalconsLinebacker
1979Jim HaslettBuffalo BillsLinebacker
1978Al BakerDetroit LionsDefensive End
1977A.J. DuheMiami DolphinsDefensive End
1976Mike HaynesNew England PatriotsCornerback
1975Robert BrazileHouston OilersLinebacker
1974Jack LambertPittsburgh SteelersLinebacker
1973Wally ChambersChicago BearsDefensive Tackle
1972Willie BuchanonGreen Bay PackersCornerback
1971Isiah RobertsonLos Angeles RamsLinebacker
1970Bruce TaylorSan Francisco 49ersCornerback
1969Joe GreenePittsburgh SteelersDefensive Tackle
1968Claude HumphreyAtlanta FalconsDefensive End
1967Lem BarneyDetroit LionsCornerback

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