2021 NFL Defensive Rookie Of The Year Odds, Analysis, & Expert Pick

After an entertaining 2021 NFL Draft, we now know where certain players have landed and the impact they can potentially have. This makes it easier to determine our picks to win various NFL awards, and this can also help in our NFL futures bets. Let’s take a look at the NFL Defensive Rookie Of The Year Odds and see who the most profitable target could be.

Micah Parsons leads the 2021 NFL Defensive Rookie Of The Year Odds
Micah Parsons leads the 2021 NFL Defensive Rookie Of The Year Odds

2021 NFL Defensive Rookie Of The Year Odds Analysis


Micah Parsons (+500) wasn’t the first defensive player taken in the 2021 draft, but he is leading these odds by a wide margin, according to William Hill. Coming out of Penn State, Parsons will look to anchor a Dallas defense that desperately needs it. Sean Lee and Kyle Vanden Bosch have both been previously derailed by injuries, so the hope is that Parsons can sure up that side of the football.

It was certainly head-scratching to see Jaycee Horn and Pat Surtain II listed all the way down on this list. After all, they were the first two defensive players taken in the draft and will be thrown right in the fire.

Jaelan Phillips didn’t have to go too far from the University of Miami to the Miami Dolphins. He, and along with Kwity Paye, are both EDGE rushers with odds listed at +900. Paye will be playing for the Indianapolis Colts, so the two of them will both be on successful teams with a chance to thrive in a winning system.


Similar to the NFL Defensive Player of The Year, a defensive lineman has won the award most over the past 10 years.

When looking at the past winners of this award, we can expect most of these guys to be in the NFL Hall of Fame someday. The last three winners (Chase Young, Nick Bosa, Darius Leonard) were all guys that aren’t members of the secondary, so perhaps it’s wise to look for a player in the front seven.

Over the last 10 years, the total breakdown by position has been:

  • Defensive Line: 5
  • Linebacker: 3
  • Secondary: 2

Pretty much all of the past DROY winners in the last 10 years are still making an impact in the NFL to this day. Luke Kuechly, who won the award back in 2012, was forced to retire from the league due to injuries.

Expert Pick To Win NFL DROY Award 2021


Micah Parsons (+500)

In some of these other contests, I may take a bigger leap of faith. However, I’ll be playing it safe with Parsons here. This is a guy that had a very successful college career, and his chances of winning this award grow significantly by playing on a team like the Dallas Cowboys. As we all know, playing for the Cowboys has its perks, and playing about 30-40% of your schedule on primetime games helps. Look for Parsons to give Dallas a huge boost on defense en route to winning this award.

Full 2021 NFL Defensive Rookie Of The Year Odds List


NFL PlayerWilliam Hill Odds
Micah Parsons+500
Jaelan Phillips+900
Kwity Paye+900
Jamin Davis+1000
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah+1100
Patrick Surtain II+1200
Zaven Collins+1400
Jaycee Horn+1500
Caleb Farley+1600
Azeez Ojulari+1600
Trevon Moehrig-Woodard+2000
Nick Bolton+2500
Greg Rousseau+2500
Ronnie Perkins+2500
Jayson Oweh+3000
Joe Tryon+3500
Jabril Cox+3500
Asante Samuel Jr+3500
Baron Browning+3500
Eric Stokes+3500
Christian Barmore+4000
Richie Grant+5000
Chazz Surratt+5000
Pete Werner+5000
Jevon Holland+5000
Kelvin Joseph+5000
Joseph Ossai+5000
Elijah Molden+7500
Aaron Robinson+7500
Alim Mcneil+10000
Carlos Basham Jr.+10000
Payton Turner+10000
Tyson Campbell+10000
Rashad Weaver+10000
Shaun Wade+10000
Jamar Johnson+10000
Dylan Moses+10000
Ernest Jones+10000
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