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  • Will Anderson won the award, but he was not favored the last time we saw DROY odds during the 2023-24 NFL season
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I tracked the odds to win the 2023 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award throughout the entire 2023-24 NFL season, including the offseason and each week of the season. The graphs below were created by taking the average from several of our most trusted sportsbooks.

Top NFL DROY Contenders

Following Week 1, Jalen Carter took over as the new NFL DROY favorite and the Eagles defender had the best odds to win the award the last time they were made available, which was prior to Week 18 kicking off. However, Carter did not win the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award for the 2023-24 NFL season, in spite of his -725 odds to do so entering Week 18.

Will Anderson, the first defensive player selected in the 2023 NFL Draft, opened as the favorite to win NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and went onto win the award at the NFL Honors on February 8. Anderson was the favorite before the draft as well, which included a 24-hour period where Tyree Wilson was believed to be the first defensive player selected.

This award was certainly the biggest surprise, as Carter’s odds were as short as -20000 following Week 16. Ultimately, voters shied away from voting for the big defensive tackle as the Eagles defense was getting torched late in the season.

The NFL DROY finalists were: Jalen Carter, Will Anderson, Joey Porter Jr, Devon Witherspoon, and Kobie Turner.

And some more notes on past DROY odds movement:

  • [January 25] Jalen Carter, Will Anderson, Joey Porter Jr, Devon Witherspoon, and Kobie Turner have been announced as the NFL DROY finalists.
  • [October 9] Jalen Carter has become the odds-on favorite to win NFL DROY. (This means his odds are shorter than even; also read as, he now has negative odds.) The big defensive lineman’s odds improved from +100 to -175 after recording two sacks against the Rams in Week 5. While on bye, Devon Witherspoon’s odds continued improving, going from +2000 to +300, which are the second-best odds at this time.
  • [September 25] Christian Gonzalez has seen his odds improve from +1500 to +900 after Week 3, where his Patriots held the Jets to 157 yards through the air. A big factor in that was the incompetence of Zach Wilson, but Gonzalez’ efforts to hold Tyreek Hill to just 40 yards in Week 2 look even more impressive after Hill torched the Broncos this past weekend.
  • [September 12] Since Week 1 ended, Jalen Carter has overtaken Will Anderson as the favorite to win NFL DROY. DraftKings has reported that more money and bets have come in on Carter to win DROY than any other player after Week 1. In a span of 24 hours, all thanks to money coming in, Carter’s odds have improved from +550 to +300.
  • [September 11] Jalen Carter closed the gap between him and Will Anderson, who is the NFL DROY favorite, after Week 1. Carter recorded an NFL-high eight pressures (among DTs) to go with a sack against the Patriots. His odds improved from +700 to +550. The fifth-overall pick, Devon Witherspoon, saw his odds fade from +1000 to +2000 after being inactive Week 1 due to a nagging hamstring injury.
  • [September 5] After a strong preseason, Patriots Keion White has seen his NFL DROY odds improve from +4500 to +3500. The rookie edge rusher projects to see a lot of snaps right away in New England.
  • [April 29] Emmanuel Forbes has seen the biggest post-draft odds movement, seeing his DROY odds go from +2500 to +1400 after being selected by the Washington Commanders in the first round.
  • [April 21] Just under a week prior to the NFL Draft, many sports betting apps have opened NFL DROY odds, with Will Anderson listed as the favorite at +320 odds. Jalen Carter and Tyree Wilson have the next-best odds at +600.

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After working in TV, Matt turned his focus towards numbers, specifically odds. He has been with us since 2016 and serves as SBD's Editor-in-Chief, credited with creating our futures trackers, SBD's score predictor, SBD Sharp, and his own model for calculating NFL SOS, among other products.