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NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Odds: Nick Bosa Running Away With It

NFL Defensive Rookie Of The Year Betting Odds Nick Bosa Nov. 16 2019

Premier defensive players can make an impact on any NFL game at any time but that’s not often the case for rookies. Well, don’t tell that to San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa, who has been destroying offensive linemen in 2019 and is an overwhelming favorite for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Online sportsbook Bovada has the younger Bosa brother at -275 to keep terrorizing opposing quarterbacks and take the hardware. After Bosa is linebacker Devin Bush with the Pittsburgh Steelers (+300), Jaguars linebacker Josh Allen (+1200), Panthers linebacker Brian Burns (+1400) and Packers safety Darnell Savage (+2000) to round out the top five options on the oddsboard.

There’s Bosa And Everyone Else

When Nick Bosa was with the Ohio State Buckeyes and missed most of his final year due to injury, there were doubts about how his talents would translate to the NFL as the league tends to default to “what have you done for me lately?”

Since donning a San Francisco 49ers uniform, he’s done nothing but wreak havoc on opposing offensive linemen. Bosa has seven sacks (leads all rookies), 29 tackles and an interception through nine games while anchoring a Niners defensive line that is second in the NFL in total sacks in 2019.

He has been as advertised upon entering the NFL and bettors who were able to bet on this prop and get him at the preseason odds at +800 are clearly doing the happy dance with six games remaining.

What Would It Take for Bosa Not To Win?

Although Bosa has had a bit of injury history coming into the league (he has yet to miss a game this season), it would be hard for any rookie to overtake him and win this award.

San Francisco is currently 9-1 SU in 10 games, owns the best record in the NFC and Bosa should be able to feast on some soft matchups coming up like the Cardinals, Titans and Falcons, who all rank in the bottom 10 of the NFL in sacks allowed.

Barring injury, he will win the 2019 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and if he keeps up this pace, he should also be in the conversation for Defensive Player of the Year too.

With all due respect to the Steelers’ Devin Bush and the Buccaneers’ Devin White, who were the early +600 co-favorites to be the best defensive rookie, Bosa is in a class of his own.

2019 NFL Defensive Rookie of the year award odds
Nick Bosa-275
Devin Bush+300
Josh Allen (Jaguars)+1200
Brian Burns+1400
Darnell Savage+2000
Devin White+3000
Ed Oliver+3000
Dexter Lawrence+3000
Clelin Ferrell+3000
Quinnen Williams+5000
Chase Winovich+6000
Taylor Rapp+6000
Juan Thornhill+6600
Rock Ya-Sin+7500
Montez Sweat+9000
Jahlani Tavai+9000
Jachai Polite+9000
Nasir Adderley+12500
Deionte Thompson+12500
Marquise Blair+12500
Joejuan Williams+12500
Deandre Baker+12500
Justin Layne+15000
Jerry Tillery+15000
Christian Wilkins+15000
Rashan Gary+17500
L.J. Collier+17500

Odds as of November 15 at Bovada

How to Read Defensive Rookie of the Year Odds

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

Devin Bush +500

Nick Bosa +800

Ed Oliver +1200

If you were to bet $70 on Bush at +500, you’d get a payout of $420 – your original money is returned along with your winnings of $350. Conversely, that same $70 on Oliver would get you a higher payout of $910 – you get your $70 back along plus your prize of $840. 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 nonoccurrence 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 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.