If you’re going to bet on the 2020 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, don’t look past the top 40 picks in the draft. The last player selected outside of the top 40 to be named DROY was Erik McMillan back in 1988, and all but three of the defenders awarded this honor since that time were selected in the first round. That’s part of the reason why Chase Young, Isaiah Simmons, Kenneth Murray and Patrick Queen are seen as the primary contenders for this year's award.
The other reason why those four players are considered the favorites to be named DROY is because it’s uncommon to see defensive backs win this award. While Marcus Peters and Marshon Lattimore have each won the award in the last five years, the last defensive back to be named DROY before those two was Charles Woodson in 1998.
Odds to win 2020 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year
(Odds via SportsInsider.com)
- Chase Young +500Isaiah Simmons +1000Kenneth Murray +1400Patrick Queen +1400A.J. Epenesa +2000Akeem Davis-Gaither +2500Ashtyn Davis +2500C.J. Henderson +2500Curtis Weaver +2500Derrick Brown +2500Grant Delpit +2500Javon Kinlaw +2500Jeff Okudah +2500Jordan Elliot +2500Julian Okwara +2500Kristian Fulton +2500Trevon Diggs +2500Troy Dye +2500Willie Gay Jr. +2500Jaylon Johnson +2800K’Lavon Chaisson +2800Marlon Davidson +2800Zack Baun +2800
All other rookies at +3300 or more