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  • Get the current odds to win the NFL’s 2021 Defensive Player of the Year award
  • Aaron Donald has opened as the favorite again
  • See how the DPOY odds have changed throughout the 2021-22 NFL season

The AP has handed out a Defensive Player of the Year award every year since 1971. We’ve been tracking the 2021 NFL DPOY odds since they opened and will continue to do so all season. We average the odds from multiple sportsbooks and track the movement, removing the influence of money and providing you with each defender’s true odds of winning the award.

NFL DPOY Odds for Top Contenders

  • [May 14] Unsurprisingly, Aaron Donald has again opened as the favorite to win NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Donald is the reigning DPOY and has won the award three of the last four years.

Odds to Win NFL DPOY

Player Pos Team Odds to win 2020 NFL DPOY at DraftKings
Aaron Donald DL LAR +400
Myles Garrett EDGE CLE +600
TJ Watt EDGE PIT +700
Nick Bosa EDGE SF +1100
Joey Bosa EDGE LAC +1200
Chase Young EDGE WAS +1600
Khalil Mack EDGE CHI +2000
Derwin James S LAC +2500
Minkah Fitzpatrick DB PIT +3300
Shaquil Barrett EDGE TB +3300
Stephon Gilmore CB NE +3300
Danielle Hunter EDGE MIN +3300
Darius Leonard ILB IND +3300
Von Miller EDGE DEN +3300
Jalen Ramsey CB LAR +3300

*Odds updated June 7

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Top Contenders by Position

Despite seeing so many edge players listed with short odds to win the award, only two true edge players have won DPOY in the last 12 years: Khalil Mack (2016) and Terrell Suggs (2011).

 DPOY Winners by Position

Position DPOY Awards in Last 10 Years Total DPOY Awards Won
Defensive Back 1 11
Edge Rusher 2 17
Inside Linebacker 1 9
Interior DL 6 13

Odds for Past Winners

JJ Watt and Aaron Donald have accounted for six of the last nine Defensive Player of the Year winners, and five of the last seven. There are only two other active players who have won the award: Stephon Gilmore (2019) and Khalil Mack (2016).

Past DPOY Winners

Season DPOY Winner Pos
2020 Aaron Donald DL
2019 Stephon Gilmore CB
2018 Aaron Donald DT
2017 Aaron Donald DT
2016 Khalil Mack EDGE
2015 JJ Watt DL
2014 JJ Watt DL
2013 Luke Kuechly ILB
2012 JJ Watt DL
2011 Terrell Suggs EDGE

The idea that the Defensive Player of the Year is generally the league-leader in sacks is a common misconception. Sacks are certainly seen as a sexy stat and play a role in the voting. But the sack king has only won the award twice in the last eight seasons: Aaron Donald in 2018 and JJ Watt in 2015.

TJ Watt racked up the most sacks in 2020, Shaquil Barrett led the NFL in 2019, Chandler Jones led the way in 2017, Vic Beasley Jr in 2016, Justin Houston in 2014, and Robert Mathis in 2013; yet none of them took home DPOY honors.


Archived DPOY odds: 2020, 2019

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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.