Now that free agency and the NFL draft have wrapped up, the NFL Defensive Player of the Year odds are likely set barring injuries or trades. As you peruse this year’s odds at DraftKings Sportsbook, you’ll notice that defensive linemen rule the roost. Last season, cornerback Stephon Gillmore took the prize, but before that, it was Aaron Donald twice. Kahlil Mack, and J.J. Watt taking three DPOY trophies home in four seasons. But, as you go back further, linebackers and safeties are well represented.
Aaron Donald, Rams (+700)
Donald is the favorite to hoist the trophy this season and there’s really no reason to think that he will slow down in his seventh season. Despite just getting one vote last season, Donald led the league in tackles for a loss for the second straight season while racking up his second-most sacks in a year with 12.5. The fact he has won the award twice already hurts a little, but J.J. Watt did win three in four seasons, so AP voters aren’t going to ban him from winning, it will just be a little harder than if he hadn’t won it before.
Nick Bosa, 49ers (+1000)
Bosa didn’t start early on due to some offseason injuries, but he was on point all year and came on strong in the playoffs. With a healthy offseason and a year under his belt, there is a great chance he ups his numbers and dominance in Year 2. He should be able to push his sack numbers up into double digits without much trouble while continuing to dominate across the board.
T.J. Watt, Steelers (+1200)
Watt could join his brother as a defensive player of the year winner in 2020. He is coming off his third and best season so far. He led the league in forced fumbles while coming in second with 36 QB hits. After finishing third in voting last season, Watt is my favorite to win it this season as the Steelers also get Ben Roethlisberger back and should up Watt’s profile with a better all around season for the franchise.
Tre’Davious White, Bills (+3300)
White tied Stephon Gilmore last season with six interceptions and was fourth in DPOY voting. His odds don’t quite reflect his ability and the narrative that would come along with the Bills taking the lead in the AFC East with Tom Brady out of the division. If the Bills defense, led by White, helps them to the division championship, White gets a boost.
Jamal Adams, Jets (+3300)
Also in the NFC East, Adams and the Jets get a chance to make a move on the weakened Patriots and Adams is a player who can rack up stats at safety. Players like Adams set up well for this award, as they contribute against the run, force fumbles, score defensive touchdowns and snag interceptions. Adams missed a couple games last season, but if he’s healthy, he has a great chance of being in the running.
Jalen Ramsey, Rams (+3300)
Ramsey had somewhat of a lost season last year and will have a chip on his shoulder this year in his first full season in L.A. He can be a dominant force and a motivated Ramsey could be set up for a season like Stephon Gilmore gave us last season.
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