NFL Defensive Player of the Year odds
Find out who the favorites are to win NFL Defensive Player of the Year for the 2022 season.
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2022 NFL Defensive Player of the Year odds
The reigning Defensive Player of the Year, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt, started the season as favorite at +700, but his injury means Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons now leads the chart at +100.
Parsons is followed by Nick Bosa of the San Francisco 49ers (+600) and Myles Garrett of the Cleveland Browns (+1200). Three-time winner Aaron Donald of the Los Angeles Rams is slightly longer at +1400.
Here are the current odds for the award (October 18):
Micah Parsons (Dallas Cowboys) +100
Nick Bosa (San Francisco 49ers) +600
Myles Garrett (Cleveland Browns) +1200
Aaron Donald (Los Angeles Rams) +1400
Rashan Gary (Green Bay Packers) +1500
Maxx Crosby (Las Vegas Raiders) +1600
Von Miller (Buffalo Bills) +3000
Khalil Mack (Los Angeles Chargers) +3000
Talanoa Hufanga (San Francisco 49ers) +4000
Matthew Judon (New England Patriots) +5000
Bradley Chubb (Denver Broncos) +5000
Chris Jones (Kansas City Chiefs) +7500
Trey Hendrickson (Cincinnati Bengals) +7500
Fred Warner (San Francisco 49ers) +7500
Devin White (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) +7500
Josh Allen (Jacksonville Jaguars) +7500
Derwin James Jr. (Los Angeles Chargers) +7500
T.J. Watt (Pittsburgh Steelers) +7500
Danielle Hunter (Minnesota Vikings) +10000
Chase Young (Washington Commanders) +10000
Stephon Gilmore (Indianapolis Colts) +10000
Darius Shaquille Leonard (Indianapolis Colts) +10000
Roquan Smith (Chicago Bears) +10000
Shaquil Barrett (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) +10000
Jaire Alexander (Green Bay Packers) +15000
Jalen Ramsey (Los Angeles Rams) +15000
Bobby Wagner (Los Angeles Rams) +20000
Chandler Jones (Arizona Cardinals) +20000
Favorites to win NFL Defensive Player of the Year
The top of the market is dominated by edge rushers, with defensive ends and outside linebackers making up the first 13 players in the betting.
Micah Parsons (+100) | EDGE | Dallas Cowboys
Parsons enjoyed an eye-catching first year in the NFL in 2021, finishing with 84 tackles and 13 sacks to win Defensive Rookie of the Year as a unanimous choice, securing 50 of 50 votes.
He was also named to the Pro Bowl and First-Team All-Pro after falling just two sacks short of the rookie record.
Parsons’ performances saw him finish second in the voting for Defensive Player of the Year, although his five votes were some distance from the winning tally of 42.
Myles Garrett (+1200) | EDGE | Cleveland Browns
Garrett has developed into one of the best pass rushers in the league in recent seasons and registered his best year to date in 2021.
The Cleveland Browns defensive end racked up a career-high 16 sacks and 51 tackles, although he did not receive a single vote for Defensive Player of the Year.
Garrett will be hoping to change that as the Browns seek a return to the playoffs after missing out in 2021.
Aaron Donald (+1400) | DT | Los Angeles Rams
Donald may not have won Defensive Player of the Year in 2021, securing just three votes, but he did win his first championship ring as the Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI.
The 31-year-old played a starring role in that game, registering two sacks and a game-winning tackle on 3rd & 1 with less than a minute left in the fourth quarter.
Donald is one of just two players to win DPOY three times, doing so in 2017, 2018, and 2020, and would be the first to win a fourth if he tops the voting in 2022.
T.J. Watt (+7500) | EDGE | Pittsburgh Steelers
Having been a losing finalist for this award in 2019 and 2020, Watt finally won it last season, securing 42 of 50 possible votes.
The Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker had an incredible year, tying Michael Strahan’s regular season sack record of 22.5 despite missing two games through injury.
Watt also signed a contract extension worth $112m over four years in 2021, making him the highest-paid defensive player in the league.
Who will win NFL Defensive Player of the Year 2022-2023?
Pass rushers have dominated the voting for Defensive Player of the Year over the last 10 years, with inside linebacker Luke Kuechly and cornerback Stephon Gilmore the only two anomalies.
The statistic that tends to sway voters the most is sacks, so it makes sense to look at edge rushers when betting on this award.
That doesn’t necessarily help too much considering that the 13 players at the top of the market all fall within that category, but there are a few players who will likely dominate the betting.
The first is obviously the reigning DPOY, T.J. Watt (+7500), who is in the prime of his career after equalling the single-season sack record of 22.5 in 2021.
The second is the 2021 Defensive Rookie of the Year, Micah Parsons (+100), who should get even better after a stellar rookie season and is a more tempting price.
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NFL Defensive Player of the Year history
Here are the last 10 winners of Defensive Player of the Year:
2021 | T.J. Watt | Pittsburgh Steelers | EDGE
2020 | Aaron Donald | Los Angeles Rams | DT
2019 | Stephon Gilmore | New England Patriots | CB
2018 | Aaron Donald | Los Angeles Rams | DT
2017 | Aaron Donald | Los Angeles Rams | DT
2016 | Khalil Mack | Oakland Raiders | EDGE
2015 | J.J. Watt | Houston Texans | DE
2014 | J.J. Watt | Houston Texans | DE
2013 | Luke Kuechly | Carolina Panthers | LB
2012 | J.J. Watt | Houston Texans | DE
What is the NFL record for sacks in a season?
The NFL single-season sack record is 22.5, set by Michael Strahan for the New York Giants in 2001.
This was matched in 2021 by T.J. Watt of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Who won NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2021-2022?
The reigning Defensive Player of the Year is Pittsburgh Steelers edge rusher T.J. Watt.
After equalling the single-season sack record of 22.5, despite missing two games through injury, Watt secured 42 of 50 votes to win his first DPOY by a big margin.
When is the NFL Defensive Player of the Year announced?
Defensive Rookie of the Year is always announced during the NFL Honors Presentation, which usually takes place a few days before the Super Bowl.
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