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Defensive Rookie of the Year odds after the NFL Draft

We break down how the NFL Draft has affected the NFL’s 2020 Defensive Rookie of Year candidates.

Chase Young is selected as the number two overall pick in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft to the Washington Redskins. USA TODAY Sports

We’re through the 2020 NFL Draft, and rookies have seen their odds to win Defensive Rookie of the Year change after being selected. It’ll be tough for anyone to challenge Washington’s Chase Young for the award, but let’s take a look at the field. We take a look at the odds of the favorites, risers, fallers, and sleepers at DraftKings Sportsbook.


Chase Young, +200

Young has long been regarded as the most complete and pro-ready defensive prospect in the draft. His pre-draft odds of +300 were the best in the field and have gotten even better. Two Ohio State defensive ends have won the award in the last five seasons. Young, who is expected to become a perennial All-Pro talent, has a good chance to dominate and keep the legacy alive.

Isaiah Simmons, +500

Simmons’ pre-draft odds (+600) improved a little after joining the Arizona Cardinals as the No. 8 pick. His range could allow him to be effective in helping him put together some interesting stat lines. He can rush the quarterback and also excels at defending the pass. But will being a jack of all trades stop him from putting up the gaudy numbers people like to see?

Patrick Queen, +900

Queen plugs in as a starter on a Baltimore Ravens team that was top five against the rush last season. His +1100 pre-draft odds have climbed, but will his impact be evident while playing alongside Matthew Judon and Calais Campbell in the trenches? He needs to stands out on a defense that’s already good. It can be done, but it’s not easy.


Damon Arnette, +4000

Arnette’s odds moved from +10000 to +4000 after the Las Vegas Raiders unexpectedly drafted him in the first round. This pick was a reach, and he’s set up for failure. He could very well be the Raiders top cornerback as a rookie, which means he could have to go up against the likes of Tyreek Hill and Keenan Allen in conference play. Defensive backs don’t win this award often as rookies, so if he doesn’t record eight interceptions like Marcus Peters did in 2015, he probably won’t have a shot.

Kyle Dugger, +3300

The Patriots have the reigning DPOY in Stephon Gilmore and Duggar might not even start. The safety was a second-round pick out of a Division II and saw his odds improve from +5000 to +3300 after he was drafted. The Patriots’ secondary is loaded with talented players like the McCourty twins and Patrick Chung, which doesn’t bode well for Dugger.


Jefferey Okudah, +1600

Okudah was the second defensive player off the board when the Detroit Lions selected him with the No. 2 pick. His odds worsened from +1400 after being drafted, but he could benefit from playing opposite Desmond Trufant by getting more favorable matchups. He doesn’t get a ton of interceptions, so it could hard for him to finish toward the top of the rookie DPOY race.

Xavier McKinney, +3300

McKinney was +2000 ahead of the draft and was considered the top safety prospect. The New York Giants got him in the second round and he will join a secondary that made several key additions to its secondary this offseason. It’ll be hard for him to make a case as his team’s third best defensive back.


Willie Gay Jr., +2000

Gay’s odds went from +3300 to +2000 after joining the Kansas City Chiefs. He’s a freak athlete and might emerge as Kansas City’s top linebacker in year one. He’ll benefit from his team’s spotlight and can also do it all on the defensive end. His solo tackle numbers weren’t great in college and need to improve though.

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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