Devin White has the advantage for now.
It would be difficult for anyone to deny that Devin White looks like the better candidate to win the award this year on paper. If he does, in fact, post nine sacks on the season while maintaining his other stats, it should be impossible for him not to receive any votes.
In addition to the sacks, White has been a menace in the backfield. His athleticism has led to numerous blown up plays over the last few weeks, and tackles for loss are as great a litmus test for defensive prowess as any other.
While White is currently in the lead statistically, David is still hot on his tail. David has shown that he can maintain an extremely high level of play throughout a long career, and this experience will help as the season drags on.
Regardless of the award itself, the Buccaneers are extremely lucky to have two players performing at this level. Tampa Bay’s defense has reached levels that were seen during the early 2000s, and a large part of that success has come from White and David.
The race to win Defensive Player of the Year will be an exciting story to follow in Tampa Bay over the coming months, but everyone knows that both players only have their eyes set on one thing: winning the Super Bowl.