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  • Dallas Turner has opened as the favorite to win NFL DROY in the 2024-25 NFL season
  • See the NFL DROY odds for all contenders below

Follow along as I track the odds to win the 2024-25 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award throughout the 2024-25 NFL season. I will be providing updates to the DROY odds after each major event of the NFL offseason as well as each week of the regular season. The graphs below were created by taking the average from our most trusted sportsbooks.

Top NFL DROY Contenders

Even before knowing where any of these incoming rookie defenders would be playing for the 2024-25 NFL season, sportsbooks released odds on who will win the Defensive Rookie of the Year award for the upcoming season. Former Alabama edge rusher Dallas Turner, who was projected to be the first defensive player selected in the 2024 NFL Draft odds, opened as the favorite. Though Turner was not the first defensive player selected, as Laiatu Latu was the first defender off the board, the new Vikings edge-rusher is still the NFL DROY favorite and even saw his odds improve drastically after the first round.

Laiatu Latu, who was drafted by the Colts, and Quinyon Mitchell, who the Eagles were thrilled to see on the board at pick 22, have the second and third-best odds to win NFL DROY after the first round of the draft. Jared Verse did have the third-best odds prior to the draft, but his odds faded just a little after being selected by the Rams.

While NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year odds shifted quite a bit after the draft, Defensive Rookie of the Year odds don’t as much. This is the norm, as the fit and scheme defensive players are drafted into isn’t as pivotal to their Year 1 production as it is for players on the other side of the ball.

2024-25 NFL DROY Odds

Player
Best Odds
DraftKings
FanDuel
BetMGM
Bet365
Turner, Dallas
Latu, Laiatu
Verse, Jared
FanDuel
+1200
+1100
+1200
+1100
Arnold, Terrion
DraftKings
+1200
+1200
+1200
+1100
Mitchell, Quinyon
FanDuel
+1200
+1100
+1200
+1100
Murphy, Byron
FanDuel
+1400
+1300
+1400
+1300
Robinson, Chop
BetMGM
+2000
+1300
+1600
+2000
Dejean, Cooper
FanDuel
+2500
+2200
+2500
+1600
Wiggins, Nate
FanDuel
+3000
+2200
+3000
+3000
Robinson, Darius
DraftKings
+3000
+3000
+3000
+3000
Cooper, Edgerrin
DraftKings
+3000
+3000
+3000
+3000
Wilson, Payton
DraftKings
+3500
+3500
+3500
+2200
McKinstry, Kool-Aid
FanDuel
+3500
+2800
+3500
+2500
Newton, Jer'Zhan
DraftKings
+3500
+3500
+3500
+3500
Sainristil, Mike
DraftKings
+3500
+3500
+3000
+3500

Dallas Turner is the early favorite to win the NFL DROY award with +450 odds. Based on those odds, Turner has an 18.2% chance to win the award. If you placed a $20 bet on Turner at +450 odds, you would stand to win $90 and return $110.

Laiatu Latu (+800), Quinyon Mitchell (+1000), Jared Verse (+1100), and Byron Murphy II (+1200) round out the top five contenders to win NFL DROY for the 2024-25 NFL season.

*The NFL DROY odds above are updated every 1-2 hours from the top online sportsbooks in the US, including DraftKings, FanDuel, and BetMGM. If you are not currently betting with DraftKings, be sure you claim the best DraftKings Sportsbook bonus upon signing up.

And some more notes on past DROY odds movement:

  • [April 25] Though the NFL DROY odds did not see as drastic movement as the OROY did after the first round of the NFL Draft, there were some notable changes. Dallas Turner, who was already the favorite prior to the draft, saw his odds improve from as long as +850 to as short as +400, making him a pretty heavy favorite. Fellow pass-rusher Chop Robinson’s odds went from +2000 to as short as +1300 after being drafted by the Dolphins. Unless one of the other top contenders really falls in the draft, I don’t think we’ll see any other major moves coming from the rest of the draft.
  • [April 19] DraftKings was the first to open NFL DROY odds for the 2024-25 season, and they listed Dallas Turner as their favorite. Turner’s +700 odds were slightly better than Laiatu Latu’s +750 odds, which were the second-best at opening. Quinyon Mitchell, who is projected to be the first cornerback selected in the draft, had the best opening odds among non-edge rushers.

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Past NFL DROY Winners

Year DROY Winner
2023 Will Anderson
2022 Sauce Gardner
2021 Micah Parsons
2020 Chase Young
2019 Nick Bosa
2018 Shaquille Leonard
2017 Marshon Lattimore
2016 Joey Bosa
2015 Marcus Peters
2014 Aaron Donald

Top DROY Contenders at Each Position

  • Five of the last eight DROY awards have gone to edge rushers
  • Will Anderson (2023), Micah Parsons (2021), Chase Young (2020), Nick Bosa (2019), Joey Bosa (2016) and Von Miller (2011) are the only six edge players to win the award in the last 16 seasons, though
  • Darius Leonard (2018) is the only inside linebacker to win the award since 2013
  • 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 6
Inside Linebackers 3
Interior Defensive Linemen 3
Defensive Backs 3

Top DROY Contenders by Draft Round

  • 16 of the last 17 DROY awards went to first round picks (Darius Leonard won as a second round pick in 2018)
  • 15 of the last 17 winners were selected in the top 15 of their draft – Marcus Peters went 18th overall, Leonard was 36th
  • Will Anderson (2023), Chase Young (2020), and the Bosa brothers (Nick in 2019 and Joey in 2016) are the only four players in the last 12 years to win DROY after being the first defensive player selected in the draft

Archived DROY Odds: 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 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.