Kyler Gordon among 2022-23 NFL DROY favorites originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
With the 2022 NFL preseason in full swing and the regular season only 27 days away, we’ve already started looking for which rookie will win a special award: Defensive Rookie of the Year.
This year’s signings are some of the most talented prospects in football and they’re ready to show it on the pitch and make their mark in the league.
The first round of the 2022 NFL Draft was loaded with defensive talent and began with a streak of five consecutive defensive players selected. It was the first time since 1991 that the top five picks were all on the defensive side of the ball.
DROY is an award often won by defensemen who tackle running backs and fire the league’s best signallers, and is often awarded to a first-round pick. Only two of the last 20 DROYs have been selected outside of the first round.
In recent seasons, there have been a few game changers who have been on the defensive side of the ball. Micah Parsons of the Dallas Cowboys won the DROY award last season, and before him it was Washington’s Chase Young and Nick Bosa of the San Francisco 49ers.
With this year’s NFL season fast approaching, the odds are already known as to who will win the DROY title, so here’s a look at the top contenders:
Who are the NFL DROY betting favorites?
It’s no surprise that former Michigan rusher and Detroit Lions No. 2 overall pick Aidan Hutchinson and new New York Giants EDGE rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux lead the top two spots for defensive rookie de the year with +575 betting odds, according to our partner, PointsBet.
Hutchinson set Michigan’s single-season sack record with 14 as a senior and is blessed to be the fourth Lions player to win the award after Lem Barney (1968), Al “Bubba” Baker (1976) and Ndamukong Suh (2010).
While at the University of Oregon, Thibodeaux recorded 126 total tackles, 35.5 tackles for loss and 19 sacks.
The No. 1 overall pick from the University of Georgia, Travon Walker is close behind with +800 chances of winning the coveted prize and star Nakobe Dean rounds out the top 10 at +1500.
Here are the betting odds for the top 10 favourites:
Travon Walker +800
Kyle Hamilton +900
Dock walker +1000
Ahmed Gardner +1100
Derek Stingley Jr. +1100
Devin Lloyd +1100
Jermaine Johnson II +1100
Dean Nakobe +1500
Who has the lowest odds to win DROY?
Six players are currently tied for the lowest odds (+20,000) to win Defensive Rookie of the Year: Darrian Beavers, Bryan Cook, DeAngelo Malone, Haskell Garrett, Mario Goodrich and Josh Jobe.
Here are the 10 best longshots to win DROY:
Mykael Wright +15000
Josh Pascal +15000
Perrion Winfrey +17500
Jack Sanborn +17500
Darrian’s Beavers +20000
Bryan Cook +20000
DeAngelo Malone +20000
Haskell Garret +20000
Mario Goodrich +20000
Josh Jobe +20000
Editor’s note: All ratings are provided by our partner, PointsBet. PointsBet is our official sports betting partner and we may receive compensation if you place a bet on PointsBet for the first time after clicking on our links.