2021 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Odds Tracker
- 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
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- [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
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*Odds updated June 7
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
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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
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.