2022 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Odds: Lloyd's Showing vs Philly Catapults Him to Favorite Status

Devin Lloyd has taken over as the betting favorite to win the 2022-23 Defensive Rookie of the Year award after a fantastic showing vs. Philly. See who trails him in our latest NFL odds update following Week 3 action.

Last Updated: Oct 4, 2022 10:48 AM ET Read Time: 4 min
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The carousel keeps chugging along. After Aidan Hutchinson took over as the betting favorite to win the 2022-23 Defensive Rookie of the Year heading into Week 4 of the NFL season, a new face has taken the top spot.

Devin Lloyd and Jacksonville Jaguars teammate Travon Walker are helping change the narrative for the floundering franchise, at least on the defensive side of the ball, and are sitting first and third, respectively in the latest Defensive Rookie of the Year betting odds entering Week 5 of the NFL season.  

2022 NFL Defensive ROY odds

Player Odds
Devin Lloyd  +250
Aidan Hutchinson +550
Travon Walker  +800
George Karlaftis +1,200
Kayvon Thibodeaux +1,200
Ahmad "Sauce" Gardner +1,600
Jordan Davis +2,000
Jalen Pitre +2,000
Malcolm Rodriguez +2,000
Quay Walker +2,500
Jermaine Johnson II  +2,500
Tariq Woolen +2,500
Kyle Hamilton +4,000
Jaquan Brisker +4,000
Derek Stingley Jr. +4,000
Trent McDuffie +4,000
Kaiir Elam  +4,000
Roger McCreary  +5,000

Odds courtesy of FanDuel, as of October 4, 2022.

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NFL Defensive ROY Favorites

Devin Lloyd (+250)

While teammate Travon Walker stole the show in Week 1 with a sack and interception, fellow Jacksonville Jaguars rookie sensation Devin Lloyd finds himself above his teammate — and everyone else, for that matter — at +250 after the first four games of the season. 

After grabbing an interception in consecutive games, Lloyd flew all over the field with 14 tackles (four solos, 10 assists) against the Eagles. 

Aidan Hutchinson (+500)

After spending a fair bit of the pre-draft process as the betting favorite to go first, former Michigan pass rusher Aidan Hutchinson got to stay home as he was the No. 2 pick to the Detroit Lions.

Although the former Wolverine being silenced in Minnesota during Week 3's loss, Hutchinson bounced back with five tackles against the Seahawks in Week 4.

He showed his true potential with a three-sack performance in Week 2 against the Washington Commanders. With the hat trick, Hutchinson set a new Detroit Lions' single-game rookie record for most sacks in a game. 

Hutchinson will remain among the Defensive Rookie of the Year favorites if his strong production for the Wolverines translates from Ann Arbour to Detroit. 

Travon Walker (+800)

The Jags may have lost to the Eagles in Week 4 but Walker was still a force with five tackles and 1.5 stuffs. With Jacksonville at 2-2, Walker will be a major reason for the team's success this year and beyond. 

NFL Defensive ROY betting trends

• Of the last 32 winners of the NFL DROY Award, an incredible 29 were drafted in the first round. Of the three winners that weren't first-rounders (DeMeco Ryans, Kendrell Bell and Darius Leonard), all were still selected within the Top-40 picks.

• Seven of the last 16 DROY winners played linebacker. Two others (Von Miller and Shawne Merriman) were listed at LB but would count as edge players in modern NFL defensive schemes. That said, that number is heavily inflated by four straight DROY-winning linebackers from 2006 to 2009. Over the last eight years, only two LB's have taken home the award. 

• Four of the last six DROY winners played college ball for Ohio State. Three of those (the Bosa brothers and Chase Young) were edge rushers. 

NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year history

A quick look at the NFL DROY winners since 2004, the position they played and where they were drafted.

Year NFL DROY Award Winner Position Drafted
2021  Micah Parsons LB Round 1, pick 12
2020 Chase Young EDGE Round 1, pick 2
2019 Nick Bosa EDGE Round 1, pick 2
2018 Darius Leonard LB Round 2, pick 36
2017 Marshon Lattimore CB Round 1, pick 11
2016 Joey Bosa EDGE Round 1, pick 3
2015 Marcus Peters CB Round 1, pick 18
2014 Aaron Donald DL Round 1, pick 13
2013 Sheldon Richardson DL Round 1, pick 13
2012 Luke Keuchly LB Round 1, pick 9
2011 Von Miller EDGE Round 1, pick 2
2010 Ndamukong Suh DL Round 1, pick 2
2009 Brian Cushing LB Round 1, pick 15
2008 Jerod Mayo LB Round 1, pick 10
2007 Patrick Willis LB Round 1, pick 11
2006 DeMeco Ryans LB Round 2, pick 33
2005 Shawne Merriman EDGE Round 1, pick 12
2004 Jonathan Vilma LB Round 1, pick 12


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