NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year

Lem Barney. No, that’s not the name of some Simpsons character, but rather the first man to be named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. And it was a really easy decision; the Detroit Lions defensive back intercepted a league-leading 10 passes and returned three of those interceptions for touchdowns. He was an absolute stud for the Lions in his first season and it was a precursor for all the other dominant names that would appear as the NFL Defensive Rookie of the year or NFL DROY.

Last season was the second time a Bosa was voted as the NFL DROY, as Nick Bosa of the San Francisco 49ers took home the award just three seasons after his older brother, Joey, did the same for the Chargers in 2016. If you take a look at the list of players who have been given the award, it reads like a who’s who of nightmare-inducing defenders: Aaron Donald, Luke Kuechly, Julius Peppers, Charles Woodson, Derrick Thomas, “Mean” Joe Greene, and the greatest defensive player of all-time, Lawrence Taylor. That is why so many people want to bet on the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year odds. If somebody is such a sure thing to disrupt opposing offenses, why not make some money off it? Yes, why not?

How to Bet on the NFL DROY Odds

Almost all the bets you will find for the NFL DROY odds will be futures bets. Future betting is relatively simple; all you have to do is find one player or team you think is going to win the title and/or award at the end of the season, and then place a bet on them. When it comes to something like the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year odds, just take a look at the most highly-touted players out of the draft, and you can make up your mind which one will be awarded the NFL DROY at the end of the season. 

For the 2020 season, the best bet on the board is Washington’s Chase Young. Young has been described as a better and more polished version of Nick Bosa (you know, the guy that won the award in 2019). He is as sure a thing on the defensive side for years to come. So, if you are somebody who thinks the hype is justified, you can look at the odds on our NFL DROY page and bet on Young to be the best rookie on the defensive side of the ball.  

Of course, other rookies may outperform Young because they are more pivotal to their teams and play a larger part in a franchise’s playoff run, or Young could get hurt during the year. That is the danger of futures betting; you never know what is going to happen between now and the end of the season. However, plenty of people love futures betting and placing wagers on the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year odds because it lets them place a bet, and forget about it, or just track it throughout the season without having to worry about updating anything. No matter what, make sure to check in with OddsUSA every week for the latest NFL DROY odds.  

NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Wagering

NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year wagering works essentially in the exact same manner as betting on who you believe will win NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, the lone exception, of course, being that you are wagering on a defensive player to win this award.

Unlike the NFL OROY award though that’s heavily weighted towards running backs, the NFL DROTY award is much more widespread in who wins it.  The award has been slightly favored towards inside linebackers, in large part because they are more common to start from the beginning and rack up better individual stats than a cornerback or defensive linemen, but those other positions have produced winners as well.

An example of what the board may look like for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year may look like so:

Odds to win NFL Defensive ROY:
Chase Young +160
Jeremy Chinn +230
Antoine Winfield Jr. +500

Julian Blackmon +700
Patrick Queen +750

In this case, Young is listed as the small favorite, in large part because of his draft position (2nd overall) with three DBs hot on his tail.  If you believed Young would win DROTY and he did just that – you would be rewarded with a great payout of $160 on a $100 wager.

Defensive Rookie Of The Year Trends

  • 12 of the last 13 Defensive Rookie of the Year awards went to first-round draft picks with 11 of those selected in the top 15 of their respective draft 
  • The DROY award has only been awarded to a safety twice, with the last winner being Mark Carrier in 1990 
  • Inside linebackers have won 7 of the last 16 DROY awards, with defensive ends/EDGE players winning 4