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NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Odds: Chase Young Ready to Terrorize Offenses

NFL Defensive Rookie Of The Year 2020 Chase Young

Rookies who enter the NFL can make an immediate impact or take years to develop, but one player with the Washington Professional Football Team is the favorite to power his way to the 2020 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Former Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end Chase Young was the first defensive player taken in the NFL draft and the best football betting sites have him as a +200 favorite to win this award. As you may recall, the first defensive player taken in 2019 was San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa and he ran away with the award after opening at +750.

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In the meantime, here are the betting odds for which player will win Defensive Rookie of the Year with analysis below on why Young is the fave:

2020 NFL Defensive Rookie of the year award odds
Chase Young+200
Isaiah Simmons+500
Patrick Queen+900
Kenneth Murray+1400
Jeff Okudah+1600
Derrick Brown+2000
Willie Gay Jr.+2000
AJ Epenesa+2000
Trevon Diggs+2500
Javon Kinlaw+2500
Xavier McKinney+2500
CJ Henderson+2500
Kristian Fulton+2500
Akeem Davis-Gaither+2500
Julian Okwara+2500
Jordan Elliott+3000
Jaylon Johnson+3000
Troy Dye+6600
Curtis Weaver+6600
Ashtyn Davis+6600
Marlon Davidson+6600

Odds as of August 29 at Bovada

Why Young Is The Favorite

Coming off an appearance in the College Football Playoff and finishing the season leading the NCAA with 16.5 sacks, Ohio State’s Chase Young is going to be a monster in the NFL. The six-foot-five defensive end amassed 26.5 sacks over the last two seasons, all while playing in one of the best conferences in college football. He was a game-changer and should terrorize opposing NFL quarterbacks for years to come.

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After being drafted by Washington, he’s now on a team that has stockpiled high-end defensive linemen over the last three seasons. Much like Nick Bosa with the 49ers last season, Young should be set up to succeed because opposing offensive lines will need to pick their poison, which means he’ll get a ton of one-on-one matchups.

If the 3-13 SU squad can get anything from their woeful offense, they could take a huge leap in 2020 just like the 49ers did when they went from 4-12 SU in 2018 to 12-4 SU in 2019.

Should You Bet On Young?

There are some concerns about taking Chase Young with this betting prop as NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. Chief among them are potential injuries and the question of whether Young can live up to expectations as a top draft pick in a very toxic environment like the Washington Professional Football Team.

The player who wins this award typically hasn’t been the first defensive player taken in the NFL draft. While Nick Bosa was deserving, he may have been an outlier considering how this award has been handed out historically.

Since 2000, only five of the 20 players who have won Defensive Rookie of the Year were the first defensive player taken in the draft:

  • Julius Peppers (2002)
  • Ndamukong Suh (2010)
  • Von Miller (2011)
  • Joey Bosa (2016)
  • Nick Bosa (2019)

Not saying Young can’t belong in that group but each of those players was immediately dominant for his team, with Peppers and Miller going on to win NFL Defensive Player of the Year shortly after.

Bettors should also be aware before wagering on this prop that the award usually goes to a player who was taken in the first round of the draft.

Since 2000, only three players to win Defensive Rookie of the Year were not selected as one of the first 32 players in the draft:

  • Kendrell Bell (2001)
  • DeMeco Ryans (2006)
  • Darius Leonard (2018)

That means bettors may not want to stray too far with players on the list who slid to the later rounds. 

Check out our NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Odds to find out which rookie is favored to make the biggest impact on the other side of the field.

How to Read Defensive Rookie of the Year Odds

At any football sportsbook, you’ll see odds for a prop bet listed like this:

Chase Young +200

Isaiah Simmons +500

Jeff Okudah +1600

If you were to bet $100 on Young at +200, you’d get a payout of $300 – your original money is returned along with your winnings of $200. Conversely, that same $100 on Okudah would get you a higher payout of $1,700 – you get your $100 back plus your prize of $1,600. To see how much you’d win based on the odds and bet amount, check out our Odds Calculator.

What is a Prop Bet on NFL Rookies?

A prop is a bet on the occurrence or non-occurrence of certain team or individual milestones that don’t necessarily correlate to the outcome of a specific game. In this case, you’re betting on a player’s chances of winning a defensive award.

When the betting lines are created, they are subject to change as the season progresses and more games are played. A player with decent odds in September could see himself as a contender in November as he proves himself on the field. We suggest taking odds you like as soon as you see them. The longer you wait, the less value you’ll get on your bet.