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  • Who are the top contenders for the 2019 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award?
  • See the odds for all contenders to win the award
  • Compare players to others at their position or those who were selected around the same spot in the draft

Follow along as we track the odds to win the 2019 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

  • [November 13] Clelin Ferrell, coming off a 2.5-sack performance against the Chargers in Week 10, is the only player who saw any significant movement, as his odds improved from +5000 to +3000
  • [November 6] Bosa continues to become a heavier favorite to win NFL DROY after Week 9
  • [October 30] Nick Bosa has become the odds-on favorite to win DROY after recording 3.0 sacks and an interception returned for a touchdown against the Panthers in Week 8
  • [October 23] Bosa is nearing even money to win 2019 NFL DROY after recording another sack in Week 7
  • [October 16] Nick Bosa remains the favorite, but Devin Bush saw his odds shorten from +450 to +280 after an interception and fumble recovery in Week 6
  • [October 9] With a dominant performance on MNF against the Browns in Week 5, including 2.0 sacks, Nick Bosa  is back to being a heavy favorite to win DROY, sporting his shortest odds of the season
  • [October 2] Chase Winovich has seen his DROY odds improve from +3300 to +1400 after Week 4, when he recorded his third sack in as many games
  • [September 25] After opening with average odds of +3000, Darnell Savage is now the favorite to win DROY
  • [September 19] For the first time since July, Nick Bosa is the favorite to win the 2019 DROY award
  • [September 11] After a strong performance in Week 1, Ed Oliver has jumped into the top four contenders for DROY
  • [September 5] Josh Allen’s odds improved from +1400 to +850 thanks to an impressive preseason
  • [August 16] Nick Bosa is no longer the favorite to win DROY, as he’s seen both Devin White and Devin Bush surpass him in average odds
  • [July 10] Devin Bush’s odds got a lot shorter, moving from an average of +1300 to +750, and he’s now a top three contender for DROY
  • [May 7] Devin White and Devin Bush, the top two ILBs selected in the draft, have both seen their odds get significantly shorter, while Ed Oliver saw his odds plummet from an average of +800 to +1200
  • [May 1] 31 players have now been given odds to win 2019 NFL DROY, which is already more than last year
  • [April 29] Nick Bosa has opened as the 2019 DROY favorite after being selected second overall by the San Francisco 49ers

Bovada’s 2019 NFL DROY Odds

Player Team Pos Drafted Odds at Bovada
Nick Bosa SF EDGE 2nd Overall -275
Devin Bush PIT ILB 10th Overall +300
Josh Allen JAX EDGE 7th Overall +1200
Brian Burns CAR EDGE 16th Overall +1400
Darnell Savage Jr GB S 21st Overall +2000

*Odds taken November 13; Follow the link in the table to see all available options

Seven of the first ten picks in the 2019 NFL Draft were defensive players, and 18 of the 32 players selected in the first round were defenders.

Top Contenders at Each Position

  • Two of the last four DROY awards went to CBs
  • An EDGE player has not won the award since Von Miller in 2011
  • 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 3
Inside Linebackers 7
Interior Defensive Linemen 3
Defensive Backs 2

Top Contenders by Draft Round

  • 11 of the last 12 DROY awards went to first round picks (Darius Leonard won as a second round pick in 2018)
  • Ten of the last 12 winners were selected in the top 15 of their draft – Marcus Peters went 18th overall, Leonard was 36th
  • The first defender off the board has only won DROY once in the last seven years (Joey Bosa in 2016)

Archived DROY Odds: 2018

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After receiving a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Ottawa ('15), Matt spent two years with Rogers TV as a host, producer, and play-by-play commentator. He has been with us since 2016 and serves as SBD's Editor-in-Chief and sports betting expert.