DROY Odds 2020
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There is one thing that is clear though, the NFL is determined to push forward in 2020 and should kick off the season on time in September. So until we can dive into training camp news, I thought I would share my thoughts on the Defensive Rookie of the Year odds for 2020.
Defensive Rookie of the Year Odds
|Willie Gay Jr.||+1700|
These odds are subject to change and could see additional players added to the list between now and the start of preseason. If you do place a wager make sure you take a screenshot of all the players available in the wager.
The History of the DROY
The defensive rookie of the year doesn’t feature any obvious positional trends despite what appears to be a large number of sack leaders winning the award in the modern era. Marcus Peters and Marshon Lattimore are both elite defensive corners that have won the award in the past five years. Which makes for an equal mix of pass-rushers and defensive backs over the last few seasons.
However, while there are no trends with where these rookies line up on the filed, there is a glaring trend of a lot of the past award winners who’ve been drafted in the first round. Colts Darius Leonard (36th overall) was the first DROY award winner since Kendrell Bell (39th overall) who won the award playing for the Steelers back in 2001. Both we very high second-rounders who in hindsight shouldn’t have slipped into the second round.
Opportunity is key with picking the Defensive Rookie of the year award winner. You want to not only make sure that the rookie is starting, but has a good supporting cast around him. An excellent past rusher playing alongside a terrible defensive line could result in the rookie seeing double teams all season. But a blue-chip rookie plugged into an already great defense should allow for that defensive stud to shine in his first season.
- Ravens linebacker Patrick Queen is already getting penciled in as the starter at MLB according to some NFL Depth Charts. The Ravens tied for 29th in the league for sacks last season despite having a +10 turnover ratio. Queen was more of an all-round player but could be asked to send heat often as a Raven. Queen was only a one-year starter for LSU last season, but his highlight reel is loaded with his ability. He should give the Ravens that added boast on defense to help close out games and cause havoc for opposing quarterbacks. At +850, Queen is a nice sleeper for DROY.
- Javon Kinlaw (+2000) is projected to be a starter for the San Francisco 49ers and play alongside last year’s winner, Nick Bosa. Being apart of such a dominant defensive front might fast track Kinlaw’s chances of winning the award in 2020.
- Derrick Brown (+2500) will be the anchor noise tackle for the 3-4 Carolina Panthers. Unfortunately, even if Brown had an amazing season stuffing the run and creating the odd turnover, it’s unlikely he would win DROY, as sacks and interception leaders usually steal the spotlight.
- Chase Young (+190) is the obvious pick. Regarded as the best player in the 2020 NFL draft, Young has it all with size, speed, and a relentless drive to disrupt offensive gameplans. He had 16.5 sacks last year despite having limited pass rush moves and as seen as a player that can still grow and get better with great coaching. Some projected depth charts have Young penciled in as the starting LOLB for the Redskins, however, I’m sure they’ll move him around a lot in his rookie season. The Redskins are an underrated defensive unit, they’ve been quietly adding some great pieces to what could be a sleeper defensive group in 2020. Unless injuries or poor coaching stands in his way, Chase Young should win the defensive rookie of the year award and is my recommended bet.