2021 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Picks

  • BetOnline‘s 2021 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year odds favor Washington linebacker Jamin Davis (+400)
  • Colts defensive end Kwity Paye (+1000) has the athleticism to rack up sacks and win the award
  • Cornerbacks Jaycee Horn (+1000) and Patrick Surtain (+1200) look to reward their respective teams for passing on a quarterback in last April’s draft

After drafting last season’s NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Chase Young at No. 2 overall, the Washington Football Team may have struck gold again in the 2021 NFL Draft with No. 19 pick Jamin Davis.

The hybrid linebacker is a +400 favorite to win the DROY after a steady stream of rookie minicamp buzz shortened his odds all the way from +1500. However, be advised that the Colts Darius Leonard is the only inside linebacker to win the award since 2013.

Let’s look at the latest odds for the award, but before we do, make sure to check out our tips for betting on NFL football games.

NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Odds

Jamin Davis+400
Micah Parsons+550
Jaelan Phillips+700
Jaycee Horn+1000
Kwity Paye+1000
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah+1200
Patrick Surtain II+1200
Zaven Collins+1200
Gregory Rousseau+1800
Odafe Oweh+2000
Asante Samuel Jr.+2200
Azeez Ojulari+2200
Caleb Farley+2500
Christian Barmore+2500
Trevon Moehrig-Woodard+2500
Greg Newsome II+2800
Nick Bolton+2800
Baron Browning+4000
Jabril Cox+4000
Eric Stokes+5000
Joe Tryon+5000
Joseph Ossai+5000
Payton Turner+5000
Ronnie Perkins+5000

Two linebackers lead the way

Right behind Jamin Davis (+400) is another linebacker, Micah Parsons (+550), although the Cowboys were experimenting with their first-round pick at defensive end in camp. New DC Dan Quinn apparently plans to utilize the Penn State product in his “DPR” position — designated pass rusher — in addition to his middle linebacker duties.

Considering that three of the last five DROYs have gone to edge rushers, racking up sacks would help Parsons win the award (as well as help Dallas’ woeful defense), but learning a new position will be a big transition for the No. 12 overall pick.

Jaelan Phillips (+700) and Kwity Paye (+1000) are the top two edge rushers on the board. Miami drafted Phillips to pressure the opposing quarterback, but Dolphins GM Chris Grier has proven to be a poor talent evaluator to this point. Given Indianapolis GM Chris Ballard just selected the aforementioned Darius Leonard in 2018, his first-round selection might be the better bet.

Athletic, fast, and explosive off the ball, Paye’s attention to detail drew rave reviews from Colts DC Matt Eberflus and teammates during recent practices. The only fly in the ointment is 12 of the last 14 DROY winners were selected in the top 15 of their draft and Paye went No. 21 overall.

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Best DROY longshot bets

Marshon Lattimore (2017) and Marcus Peters (2015) are the only two cornerbacks to capture a DROY award since Charles Woodson way back in 1998. If Jaycee Horn (+1000) can join that list, it would take a lot of pressure off the Carolina Panthers’ brain trust for passing on quarterback Justin Fields with their eighth-overall pick.

Ditto for Patrick Surtain (+1200) and the Denver Broncos, who made the same decision at No. 9 despite having Teddy Bridgewater and Drew Lock in their quarterback room.

Cardinals’ first-round linebacker Zaven Collins (+1200) made news for the wrong reasons last week by being arrested for speeding and reckless driving. Browns linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah is also available at +1200, however, Leonard is the only second-rounder in the past 14 seasons to win the award.

We’d skip over both and instead place a couple of longshot wagers on Gregory Rousseau (+1800) and Odafe Oweh (+2000), who went back-to-back to the Bills and Ravens, respectively, at the end of the first round. Both edge rushers play on Super Bowl contenders with savvy defensive minds calling the shots.

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