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2022 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year odds

The 2022 NFL Draft was full of defensive talent, with each of the top five picks playing on the defensive side of the ball.

Not only did defensive players make up the top five selections, but also 16 of the 32 first-round picks.

Here are the current odds for the award (October 18):

Ahmad Gardner (New York Jets) +300

Kayvon Thibodeaux (New York Giants) +600

Devin Lloyd (Jacksonville Jaguars) +600

Tariq Woolen (Seattle Seahawks) +800

Aidan Hutchinson (Detroit Lions) +1000

Travon Walker (Jacksonville Jaguars) +1000

George Karlaftis (Kansas City Chiefs) +1000

Jack Jones (New England Patriots) + 1100

Jalen Pitre (Houston Texans) +1400

Jordan Davis (Philadelphia Eagles) +2000

Quay Walker (Green Bay Packers) +2500

Kaiir Elam (Buffalo Bills) +2500

Jaquan Brisker (Chicago Bears) +3000

Malcolm Rodriguez (Detroit Lions) +3000

Jaylen Watson (Kansas City Chiefs) +3000

Derek Stingley Jr. (Houston Texans) +4000

Jermaine Johnson II (New York Jets) +4000

Favorites to win NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year

The top of the betting is obviously dominated by the big names from the draft, with three of the top five picks ranked in the top five of the market.

Aidan Hutchinson (+900) | EDGE | Detroit Lions | No. 2 pick

The favorite to win Defensive Rookie of the Year is Aidan Hutchinson, the Michigan edge rusher who was the No. 2 pick for the Detroit Lions.

After a senior year in which he broke the school record for sacks in a single season with 14, Hutchinson finished as runner-up for the Heisman Trophy, and was the only defensive finalist alongside three quarterbacks.

He did win several other awards, though, including the Lombardi Award, Ted Hendricks Award, Lott Trophy and Chicago Tribune Silver Football.

Hutchinson was favorite to go first in the draft but fell to second after the Jacksonville Jaguars took another defensive end, Travon Walker, with the No. 1 pick.

The Michigan native is still tipped by the bookmakers to outshine the rest and is +500 to win Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Kayvon Thibodeaux (+1200) | EDGE | New York Giants | No. 4 pick

The second favorite to win Defensive Rookie of the Year is Kayvon Thibodeaux, drafted five out of Oregon by the New York Giants.

Another edge rusher, Thibodeaux was named a unanimous All-American in his junior year in 2021 and announced he would forgo his senior year to declare for the draft.

Thibodeaux was the third edge rusher to be selected, going at No. 5 to the Giants, who will be hoping he can boost a defense that ranked 23rd in 2021.

He is priced at +1200 to win Defensive Player of the Year.

Kyle Hamilton (+4000) | Safety | Baltimore Ravens | No. 14 pick

Despite being taken at No. 14 in the draft, Ravens safety Hamilton is the joint-third favorite to win Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2022.

Hamilton was named an All-American as a freshman, sophomore and junior during his time at Notre Dame, where he recorded 138 tackles and eight interceptions over three years.

The Georgia native was the first safety taken in the draft and is considered by some to be the biggest prospect in the class of 2022.

In joining a Ravens team that is expected to challenge for the AFC North title, Hamilton could be one to watch in this market at +4000.

Travon Walker (+900) | EDGE | Jacksonville Jaguars | No. 1 pick

The top pick in the 2022 draft, Walker joins the Jaguars on the back of winning a national championship with the Georgia Bulldogs.

In 36 games for Georgia, Walker recorded 65 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, and two fumble recoveries.

Although he was expected to go high in the first round, Walker was a somewhat surprise No. 1 pick, and will be under pressure to live up to that tag for a rebuilding Jacksonville.

He is the joint-third favorite to win Defensive Rookie of the Year at +900.

Who will win NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2022-2023?

Five of the last six winners of the award have been pass rushers, so it’s sensible to look at linemen and linebackers when betting on this market.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t narrow it down very much this year, with edge rushers dominating at the top of the market.

Favorite Aidan Hutchinson (+900) looks to be the most NFL-ready of the lot and has the ability to rack up a stat line – namely a healthy number of sacks – that will make him the prime candidate for this award.

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NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year history

Here are the last 10 winners of Defensive Rookie of the Year:

2021 | Micah Parsons | Dallas Cowboys | EDGE

2020 | Chase Young | Washington Football Team | EDGE

2019 | Nick Bosa | San Francisco 49ers | EDGE

2018 | Shaquille Leonard | Indianapolis Colts | Linebacker

2017| Marshon Lattimore | New Orleans Saints | Cornerback

2016 | Joey Bosa | San Diego Chargers | EDGE

2015 | Marcus Peters | Kansas City Chiefs | Cornerback

2014 | Aaron Donald | St. Louis Rams | Defensive tackle

2013 | Sheldon Richardson | New York Jets | Defensive tackle

2012 | Luke Kuechly | Carolina Panthers | Linebacker

What is the NFL rookie sack record?

The current sack record by an NFL rookie is 14.5, set by Jevon Kearse for the Tennessee Titans in 1999.

Aldon Smith is second on the list with 14 for the San Francisco 49ers in 2011, while Micah Parsons (Dallas Cowboys, 2021), Dwight Feeney (Indianapolis Colts, 2002) and Reggie White (Philadelphia Eagles, 1985) all recorded 13 sacks in their rookie season.

Who won NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year 2021-2022?

The reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year is Dallas Cowboys edge rusher Micah Parsons, who was drafted No. 12 overall.

Parsons ended the season with 84 tackles, 13 sacks and three forced fumbles, was selected to the Pro Bowl, and was a unanimous Rookie of the Year.

When is the NFL Defensive Rookie 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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