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Washington’s Jamin Davis Sees DROY Odds Improve Significantly, Now a Top 3 Contender

Robert Duff

by Robert Duff in NFL Football

Jun 17, 2021 · 1:11 PM PDT

Jamin Davis talking to members of the Washington coaching staff
Washington Football Team first round draft pick, linebacker Jamin Davis, right, puts his jersey in a bin after an NFL football rookie minicamp at Inova Sports Performance Center in Ashburn, Va., Saturday, May 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)
  • Washington Football Team linebacker Jamin Davis is now the third betting choice to be NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year at odds of +800
  • Davis was showing a betting line of +1675 as recently as April 30
  • Washington’s Chase Young was 2020 NFL DROY. No team has ever won the award in successive seasons

Is linebacker Jamin Davis about to make NFL history for the Washington Football Team this season? There’s a growing belief among the oddsmakers that this could be the case.

Last season, Washington edge rusher Chase Young was the runaway winner of the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Award. Davis is steadily gaining a head of steam and is moving in with the top contenders for this year’s NFL DROY.

As recently as April 30, bettors could access a betting line of +1675 on Davis to win the award. On May 3, he was still at +1525 in the 2021 NFL DROY odds.

Suddenly, though the betting line on Davis is shortening considerably. Currently, he’s the third betting choice for NFL DROY at odds of +800.

2021 NFL DROY Odds

Player (Team) Odds
Micah Parsons (Cowboys) +500
Jaelan Phillips (Dolphins) +700
Jamin Davis (Washington) +800
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (Browns) +800
Kwity Paye (Colts) +1000
Zaven Collins (Cardinals) +1200
Jaycee Horn (Panthers) +1400
Patrick Surtain II (Broncos) +1400
Gregory Rousseau (Bills) +1600
Greg Newsome II (Browns) +2000
Azeez Ojulari (Giants) +2000
Jayson Oweh (Ravens) +2000

Odds as of June 17 at DraftKings.

The shortest odds on Davis are +600 at FOX Bet. The longest odds are +1400 at PointsBet.

Just one of the past eight NFL DROY winners were linebackers.

Davis Set Up to Succeed

Defending NFC East champions Washington are coming back this season with the NFL’s #4 defense. That is providing Davis with the opportunity to step directly into a first-rate unit.

He’ll be playing behind one of the league’s most stout defensive fronts. That should create an environment where Davis will be in position to make plenty of big plays.

Davis is lining up mostly at the MIKE position. However, he’s displaying the ability to play effectively at any of the three linebacker positions in the Washington 4-3 defense. He’s an athletic linebacker with the speed to get from sideline to sideline in rapid fashion.

The Washington coaching staff, both head coach Ron Rivera and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, are speaking confidently about Davis. They’re impressed with his football IQ. Already, Davis is calling huddles, setting the fronts and helping with checks at the line of scrimmage.  Like Young, Davis is serious in his approach.

It won’t hurt the development of Davis that both Rivera and Del Rio were NFL linebackers. As an added bonus, Rivera has called upon one of his former players, All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly, to help mentor the team’s linebackers during the club’s recent OTAs. Kuechly was NFL DROY in 2012 and NFL DPOY in 2013.

Year of the Linebacker

Since Kuechly’s win in 2012, Darius Leonard of the Indianapolis Colts is the only linebacker to be named NFL DROY. The betting odds suggest that will be changing this year.

The top four players in this betting market and five of the top six in the odds are linebackers. Micah Parsons of the Dallas Cowboys remains the betting favorite at +500. But the Cowboys are going to have to step up their game if he’s to win the NFL DROY.

The last four winners of the award all were part of teams that qualified for the NFL postseason. That bodes well for Davis, Jaelan Phillips of the Miami Dolphins (+700) and Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah of the Cleveland Browns (+800). All of their teams figure to be playoff contenders.

A Wide Open Race

This isn’t going to be 2020, when Young proved to be the Secretariat of the NFL DROY race. He led the betting odds from wire to wire . There was little doubt he would win in the end.

There’s no super stud among this year’s draft class. However, there are a number of talented individuals who will be able to make a case for themselves to win the award.

Consider the situation Davis is coming into in Washington. Then look at the impact made by Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Josh Allen, the last first-round defender before Davis to come out of Kentucky.

It makes sense that his odds are shortening. Get on the Davis train before the ticket isn’t worth the price of admission.

Pick: Jamin Davis (Washington) +800

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