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  • Who are the top contenders for the 2020 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award?
  • Chase Young is the heavy favorite to win NFL DROY and has his best odds of the season
  • See the odds for all contenders to win the award

Follow along as we track the odds to win the 2020 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award. The graphs below were created by taking the average odds from several of our most trusted online sports betting sites.

Top NFL DROY Contenders

  • [February 6, 2021] Chase Young has won the 2020 NFL DROY award
  • [December 22] Washington’s Chase Young has seen his NFL DROY odds improve to -375, the best odds he’s seen at any point this season, after Week 15
  • [December 15] Chase Young scored the first touchdown of his career in Week 14, scooping a fumble and taking it to the house. His odds to win NFL DROY improved from -105 to -185, his best odds of the season
  • [December 9] Following a Week 13 win over the Steelers, Washington’s Chase Young is again the odds-on favorite to win NFL DROY. He had been the odds-on favorite for one week in early October
  • [December 3] After Jeremy Chinn scored touchdowns on back-to-back defensive plays in Week 12, the Panthers safety has seen his NFL DROY odds improve from +900 to +230, the second-best odds behind only Chase Young
  • [November 24] Chase Young is back to being the NFL DROY favorite, but Antoine Winfield Jr and Julian Blackmon continue to see their odds improve; Blackmon was the player responsible for forcing the Marquez Valdes-Scantling fumble in overtime to set the Colts up to win the game
  • [November 18] For the first time this season, Chase Young is not the favorite to win NFL DROY. The Washington edge rusher only has one sack in his last five games. While the Ravens’ rookie has struggled a little as of late, he’s filled up the stat sheet more than Young
  • [November 10] Week 9 caused very little movement in NFL DROY odds; Colts safety Julian Blackmon’s odds improved from +700 to +600, and a handful of names were removed from the board
  • [November 4] Chase Young remains the favorite to win NFL DROY after we see our first set of odds since early October; Julian Blackmon is the biggest mover, who saw his odds improve from +10000 to +700
  • [October 27] No sportsbook has updated their NFL DROY odds since October 6; this is likely due to the books either (a) feeling Chase Young has won the award already, or (b) don’t know how to handicap the field
  • [October 6] Despite missing Week 4, Chase Young has become the odds-on favorite to win NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year
  • [September 22] Buccaneers safety Antoine Winfield Jr’s DROY odds improved from +3800 to +1200, tied for third-best, after a Week 2 performance that included one sack, a forced fumble, and 11 combined tackles
  • [September 15] Patrick Queen’s DROY odds improved from +1000 to +650, which ties him with Isaiah Simmons for the second-best odds, after an NFL debut that saw him all over the field; the Ravens linebacker recorded a sack, a forced fumble, and eight combined tackles in Week 1
  • [September 9] Chase Young is the clear favorite to win NFL DROY ahead of Week 1, as his odds have reached a new best of +205
  • [August 21] Defensive tackles Derrick Brown and Javon Kinlaw’s odds are moving in opposite directions; the Panthers DT has seen his odds improve from +2475 to +2050, while the 49ers DT has seen his odds fade from +2200 to +2525
  • [June 16] Bengals linebacker Akeem Davis-Gaither has seen his odds shorten from an average of +4550 to +3525; 49ers first-round pick Javon Kinlaw also saw his odds improve, moving from +2450 to +2200, the sixth-best in the league
  • [April 27] AJ Epenesa saw his odds fade from +1150 (third-best) to +2400 after falling to the Bills in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft; Jordyn Brooks appeared on the board for the first time, given +2500 odds, after being drafted by the Seahawks in the first round
  • [March 27] Chase Young has opened as the heavy favorite to win 2020 NFL DROY, despite the draft still being a month away

2020 NFL DROY Odds

Player Pos Team Pick Odds
Chase Young EDGE WAS 2nd Overall -375
Jeremy Chinn S CAR 64th Overall +250
Antoine Winfield Jr DB TB 45th Overall +1000
Patrick Queen ILB BAL 28th Overall +2500
Julian Blackmon S IND 85th Overall N/A
Jaylon Johnson CB CHI 50th Overall N/A
Jordan Elliott DT CLE 88th Overall N/A
Isaiah Simmons ILB ARI 8th Overall N/A
Kenneth Murray ILB LAC 23rd Overall N/A
Derrick Brown DT CAR 7th Overall N/A

*Odds updated December 22

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Top Contenders at Each Position

  • Two of the last five DROY awards went to CBs
  • Nick Bosa (2019), Joey Bosa (2016) and Von Miller (2011) are the only three EDGE players to win the award in the last 14 seasons
  • The award has only gone to a safety twice – the last was in 1990 (Mark Carrier)

Past NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Winners by Position

Position DROY Awards in Last 15 Years
Edge Players 4
Inside Linebackers 6
Interior Defensive Linemen 3
Defensive Backs 2

Top Contenders by Draft Round

  • 12 of the last 13 DROY awards went to first round picks (Darius Leonard won as a second round pick in 2018)
  • 11 of the last 13 winners were selected in the top 15 of their draft – Marcus Peters went 18th overall, Leonard was 36th
  • The Bosa brothers (Nick in 2019 and Joey in 2016) are the only two players in the last eight years to win DROY after being the first defensive player selected in the draft

Archived DROY Odds: 2019, 2018

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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.