Nov 23, 2013; Syracuse, NY, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers defensive lineman Aaron Donald (97) reacts while leaving the field following the game against the Syracuse Orange at the Carrier Dome. Pittsburgh defeated Syracuse 17-16. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

2013 Chuck Bednarik Award finalists announced

Monday afternoon brought upon the announcement of three outstanding defensive players that were named as finalists for the 2013 Chuck Bednarik Award. The Bednarik Award is given annually to the nation’s top defensive player in a given year.

This list features a member from three different conferences. One from the ACC, one from the SEC and one from the Pac-12. But, one thing that can be agreed upon is that all three of these young men have put forth stellar outings this year that make them more than deserving of this honor.

Let’s have a look at the three finalists for the 2013 Chuck Bednarik Award:

DT Aaron Donald, Pitt: Donald has been the driving force behind not only the Pittsburgh defense, but the teams. He has been such an impressive entity by himself, that he’s drawn comparisons to Ndamukong Suh when he was at Nebraska and even has some lobbying on his behalf for some Heisman consideration.

LB CJ Mosley, Alabama: Defense has ruled in Tuscaloosa throughout their championship run the last few seasons, and Mosley is the epitome of that. He’s the definition of a complete linebacker. He’s great in pass coverage as well as stopping the run. As much as AJ McCarron leads the offense, Mosley does the same for this Crimson Tide defense.

LB Anthony Barr, UCLA: Pretty much all that was just said about Mosley could be said about Barr. As a matter of fact, Barr may hold one edge over Mosley, and that’s his effectiveness as a pass rusher off the edge, which displays his tremendous versatility.

Who do you think comes away with this award for the most outstanding defensive player for 2013? Sound off with your thoughts in the comments section below.

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