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  • Who are the top contenders for the 2020 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 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

  • [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 +250
Isaiah Simmons ILB ARI 8th Overall +550
Patrick Queen ILB BAL 28th Overall +1200
AJ Epenesa EDGE BUF 54th Overall +2000
Jeff Okudah CB DET 3rd Overall +2100
Kenneth Murray ILB LAC 23rd Overall +2100
Akeem Davis-Gaither ILB CIN 107th Overall +2500
Derrick Brown DT CAR 7th Overall +2500
Grant Delpit S CLE 44th Overall +2500
Xavier McKinney S NYG 36th Overall +2500
CJ Henderson CB JAX 9th Overall +2600
Javon Kinlaw DT SF 14th Overall +2600
Julian Okwara DE DET 67th Overall +2600
Kristian Fulton CB TEN 61st Overall +2600
Trevon Diggs CB DAL 51st Overall +2600

*Odds taken June 16

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 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.