NFL Defensive Rookie of The Year

One of the newly drafted NFL rookies on defense will stand out next season as the best of their class, and we take a look at the odds and predictions of which new NFL star will begin their professional football career with a bang and take home the 2019 Defensive Rookie of the Year Award.

Now that the NFL Draft is over and most of the potential rookies of 2019 have been determined, oddsmakers have made some predictions as to who they think will earn the honor of being named Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Which of the NFL freshmen class will deliver the goods at the next level and far exceed the other superstars vying to make a name for themselves?

Here we take a look at the odds and predictions for which of these talented NFL defensive newbies will be the best in 2019 along with some of their career information and accolades.

Who was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year last season?

 In 2018, Indianapolis Colts linebacker Darius Leonard was named the Defensive ROTY.

Leonard had 163 total tackles, 7.0 sacks, 8 passes defended, 2 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries his first year in the league.

Add to that the award of NFL Tackles Leader in 2018, as well as being named First-team All-Pro.

In his first playoff game, Leonard recorded 13 total tackles and broke up a pass attempt as his Colts beat the Houston Texans 21-7 in the AFC Wildcard Game.

How is the winner of the award decided?

A nationwide panel of fifty members of the AP who cover the NFL on a regular basis selects the winner of the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award, and then they cast ballots at the end of the season before the playoffs.

The league will announce the winner at the NFL Honors Presentation, which is held the night before the Super Bowl is played.

This season, the presentation will happen on Saturday, February 1, 2020.

What are the current odds and predictions for the 2019 NFL Defensive Player of the Year?

Here are the current odds listed - if you live in New Jersey and want to bet on futures in NFL you can do so on 888sport. Check out the latest odds here.

Good luck!

Defensive Rookie of the Year Winner:

Nick Bosa

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Nick Bosa spent 2018 recovering from core muscle surgery but is now healthy and ready to follow in his older brother Joey’s NFL footsteps.

Position: Defensive End

Size: 6’ 3”, 263 pounds

NFL Team: San Francisco 49ers

College: Ohio State

2018 Stats Line: (played only 3 games due to injury) 14 tackles, 4.0 sacks, a forced fumble, TD

Josh Allen

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Josh Allen, considered one of the top defensive players of his class, had 17 sacks his senior season and was a unanimous All-American and the SEC Defensive Player of the Year.

Position: Linebacker

Size: 6’ 5”, 260 pounds

NFL Team: Jacksonville Jaguars

College: Kentucky

2018 Stats Line: 88 tackles, 17.0 sacks, 4 passes defended, 5 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries

Devin White

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Devin White played college football despite multiple run-ins with the police during high school, totaling 123 tackles his final year and being named a Consensus All-American and First-team SEC.

Position: Middle Linebacker

Size: 6’ 0”, 237 pounds

NFL Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

College: LSU

2018 Stats Line: 123 tackles, 3.0 sacks, 6 passes defended, 3 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries

Quinnen Williams

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Quinnen Williams redshirted his freshman year and played just two seasons for Alabama before declaring for the draft after being named a Unanimous All-American in 2018.

Position: Defensive End

Size: 6’ 3”, 303 pounds

NFL Team: New York Jets

College: Alabama

2018 Stats Line: 71 tackles, 8.0 sacks, 1 pass defended

Devin Bush

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Devin Bush’s father played safety in the NFL from 1995 to 2002, and now Devin Jr. is expected to quarterback the Steelers’ defense after being named the 2018 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.

Position: Linebacker

Size: 5’ 11”, 240 pounds

NFL Team: Pittsburgh Steelers

College: Michigan

2018 Stats Line: 66 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 4 passes defended

Brian Burns

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Brian Burns is the second of his family to be drafted into the NFL, his older brother Stanley was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL Draft.

Position: Defensive End

Size: 6’ 5”, 249 pounds

NFL Team: Carolina Panthers

College: Florida State

2018 Stats Line: 52 tackles, 10.0 sacks, 3 passes defended, 3 forced fumbles

Ed Oliver

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Ed Oliver was First-team All-American and First-team All-AAC for all three of his years at Houston (2016, 2017, 2018).

Position: Defensive Tackle

Size: 6’ 2”, 287 pounds

NFL Team: Buffalo Bills

College: Houston

2018 Stats Line: 54 tackles, 3.0 sacks, 2 passes defended, 1 forced fumble

Montez Sweat

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Montez Sweat was drafted despite being potentially misdiagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy at the NFL Combine, which caused some teams to pass on him.

Position: Outside Linebacker

Size: 6’ 6”, 260 pounds

NFL Team: Washington Redskins

College: Mississippi State

2018 Stats Line: 53 tackles, 12.0 sacks, 1 forced fumble

Clelin Ferrell

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Clelin Ferrell was a 2x CFP national champion and won the ACC Defensive Player of the Year Award his final season.

Position: Defensive End

Size: 6’ 4”, 265 pounds

NFL Team: Oakland Raiders

College: Clemson

2018 Stats Line: 55 tackles (20 for loss), 11.5 sacks, 2 passes defended, 3 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery for a touchdown

Rashan Gary

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Rashan Gary is a 2x First-team All-Big Ten player who started his own sports agency before the NFL Draft.

Position: Outside Linebacker

Size: 6’ 4”, 277 pounds

NFL Team: Green Bay Packers

College: Michigan

2018 Stats Line: 38 tackles (6.5 for loss), 3.5 sacks

Deandre Baker

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Deandre Baker, a 2018 Consensus All-American, was the first cornerback to be drafted in 2019.

Position: Cornerback

Size: 5’ 11”, 185 pounds

NFL Team: New York Giants

College: Georgia

2018 Stats Line: 40 tackles (2.0 for loss), 2 interceptions, 9 passes defended and a forced fumble.

Byron Murphy

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Byron Murphy was named 2018 First-team All-Pac-12 last season, only his second full season after redshirting his freshman year.

Position: Cornerback

Size: 5’ 11”, 182 pounds

NFL Team: Arizona Cardinals

College: Washington

2018 Stats Line: 58 tackles (4.0 for loss), 4 interceptions (1 for a touchdown), 13 passes defended and a forced fumble.

Greedy Williams

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Greedy Williams didn’t get his perfect nickname from stealing footballs, though he did have 8 picks in two college seasons, instead got it from his aunt after she babysat him as an infant.

Position: Cornerback

Size: 6’ 2”, 185 pounds

NFL Team: Cleveland Browns

College: LSU

2018 Stats Line: 33 tackles, 2 interceptions (1 for a touchdown), 9 passes defended

Rock Ya-Sin

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Rock Ya-Sin was named to the First-team All-AAC in 2018 and was selected to play in the 2019 Senior Bowl.

Position: Cornerback

Size: 6’ 0”, 192 pounds

NFL Team: Indianapolis Colts

College: Temple Presbyterian

2018 Stats Line: 47 tackles (2.0 for loss), 2 interceptions, 23 passes defended

Johnathan Abram

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Johnathan Abram was named First-team All-SEC last season and was invited to play in the Senior Bowl under San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan.

Position: Safety

Size: 6’ 0”, 215 pounds

NFL Team: Oakland Raiders

College: Mississippi State

2018 Stats Line: 99 tackles (9.0 for loss), 2 interceptions, 5 passes defended, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery

Sean Bunting

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Sean Bunting was named First-team All-Mac last season and decided to forgo his final college season to enter the draft.

Position: Cornerback

Size: 6’ 0”, 195 pounds

NFL Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

College: Central Michigan

2018 Stats Line: 37 tackles (3.0 for loss), 2 interceptions, 5 passes defended, 2 forced fumbles

L.J. Collier

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L.J. Collier was named First-team All-Big 12 last season and was invited to play in the 2019 Senior Bowl where he posted a sack and a forced fumble.

Position: Defensive End

Size: 6’ 2”, 283 pounds

NFL Team: Seattle Seahawks

College: TCU

2018 Stats Line: 42 tackles (11.5 for loss), 6.0 sacks, 4 passes defended

Dexter Lawrence

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Dexter Lawrence made First-team All-ACC last season as well as became a 2x CFP National Champion.

Position: Nose Tackle

Size: 6’ 4”, 342 pounds

NFL Team: New York Giants

College: Clemson

2018 Stats Line: 36 tackles (7.0 for loss), 1.5 sacks, 1 interception, 3 passes defended, a fumble recovery

Darnell Savage

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Darnell Savage made Second-team All-Big Ten last season and made 182 tackles, 8 interceptions, and two touchdowns while at Maryland.

Position: Safety

Size: 5’ 11”, 198 pounds

NFL Team: Green Bay Packers

College: Maryland

2018 Stats Line: 52 tackles (5.5 for loss), 4 interceptions (1 for a touchdown), 2 passes defended

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