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Defensive Rookie of the Year odds and predictions heading into NFL Draft

Who will win the 2020 NFL DROY? Before the draft, we take a look at the odds and who might take the hardware.

Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end Chase Young reacts after getting the sack against the Northwestern Wildcats during the Big Ten championship game on December 1, 2018 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. Photo by Quinn Harris/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

As we get set for the NFL draft, it is a good time to take a look at the odds for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year at DraftKings Sportsbook. Over the last ten years, we’ve seen EDGE, LB, CB, DE, CB, DT, DT, ILB, OLB, and DT take home the rookie award for defense, giving players who are closer to the line a better shot of winning, but still no one position dominates.


Chase Young, +300

Young is the best player in this draft by many accounts and should be an immediate impact player. His ability to get to the quarterback should give him the stats needed to win the award and much like last year when the No. 1 and 2 picks in the draft won OROY and DROY with Kyler Murray and Nick Bosa, the odds strongly favor a repeat.

Isaiah Simmons, +600

Simmons is a rare talent without a position. He’ll likely be designated as a safety, but his ability to move into a linebacker spot in nickel and dime packages should have him where the action is. He’ll need to be used correctly, but if he is, he should be a force from Day 1.


C.J. Henderson, +3300

Henderson is ahead of Jeffrey Okudah on some draft boards out there but has much better odds. I’d choose Okudah over Henderson with the same odds, but the reward at +3300 is worth the risk. Henderson is ready for the NFL and will contribute quickly. As a cornerback, he won’t have as many opportunities to put up big numbers, but a few well timed big plays along with showing the consistent ability he already has, could get him there.

Yetur Gross-Matos. +2500

It’s hard not to root for this kid after the tragedy he’s experienced in his life and with 35 tackles for a loss over his last two seasons at Penn State, he has impact player written all over him. He might not get the sack numbers to blow away the competition, but he has all the skills to make the leap to the NFL and put up numbers early.

2020 DROY Odds

Player Apr 23 pre-draft odds April 27 odds
Player Apr 23 pre-draft odds April 27 odds
Chase Young +300 +200
Isaiah Simmons +600 +500
Patrick Queen +1100 +900
Kenneth Murray +1100 +1100
Jeffrey Okudah +1400 +1600
K'Lavon Chaisson +1600 +2000
Willie Gay Jr. +3300 +2000
Derrick Brown +2500 +2500
Javon Kinlaw +2500 +2500
Jordyn Brooks +3300 +2500
Xavier McKinney +2000 +3300
Grant Delpit +2500 +3300
A.J. Epenesa +2500 +3300
C.J. Henderson +3300 +3300
Antoine Winfield Jr. +3300 +3300
Kyle Dugger +5000 +3300
A.J. Terrell +6000 +3300
Jeff Gladney +5000 +4000
Damon Arnette +10000 +4000
Jeremy Chinn +2500 +5000
Yetur Gross-Matos +2500 +5000
Kristian Fulton +5000 +6000
Jaylon Johnson +5000 +6000
Noah Igbinoghene +10000 +6000
Zack Baun +3000 +6600
Akeem Davis-Gaither +3300 +6600
Troy Dye +3300 +6600
Ross Blacklock +5000 +6600
Trevon Diggs +5000 +6600
Terrell Lewis +5000 +7000
Neville Gallimore +5000 +10000
Curtis Weaver +5000 +10000
Evan Weaver +5000 +10000
Logan Wilson +6000 +10000
Ashtyn Davis +6600 +10000
Jonathan Greenard +6600 +10000
Marlon Davidson +10000 +10000
Raekwon Davis +10000 +10000
Malik Harrison +10000 +10000
Julian Okwara +10000 +10000
Darrell Taylor +10000 +10000
Joshua Uche +10000 +10000

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