September 10, 2021

2021 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Odds: Rams' Aaron Donald Once Again The Favorite

Arguably the best defensive player of his generation, Aaron Donald is looking to win his fourth NFL Defensive Player of the Year award. To nobody's surprise, he is currently favored (+500) to win it again in 2021, according to the FanDuel Sportsbook.

While Donald is the betting favorite, there are plenty of pass rushers who are hot on his tail — including Myles Garrett (+600), T.J. Watt (+850), Chase Young (+1100), Nick Bosa (+1300), and Joey Bosa (+1800).

While Donald is clearly the best defensive player for the Los Angeles Rams, he is not the only Rams player to have top-10 odds to win the DPOY. His teammate Jalen Ramsey currently has the 10th shortest odds at +3800. If Donald were to go on to win the DPOY, he would become the first player in NFL history to have won the award four times, passing J.J. Watt and Lawrence Taylor.

Pass-rushers have ruled the DPOY for years now, and for good reason. There are a lot of excellent players who can blow by any offensive lineman and get to the ball. However, we cannot count out linebackers and defensive backs. Below are the top-20 odds for DPOY via FanDuel.

Top 20 Odds:

1. Aaron Donald (+500)

2. Myles Garrett (+600)

3. T.J. Watt (+750)

4. Chase Young (+1100)

5. Nick Bosa (+1100)

6. Joey Bosa (+1700)

7. Khalil Mack (+2400)

8. Bobby Wagner (+3800)

9. Derwin James (+3800)

10. Jalen Ramsey (+3800)

11. Bradley Chubb (+4500)

12. Danielle Hunter (+4500)

13. Darius Leonard (+4500)

14. Devin White (+4500)

15. Shaquil Barrett (+4500)

16. Stephon Gilmore (+4500)

17. Jaire Alexander (+5500)

18. Minkah Fitzpatrick (+5500)

19. Tre'Davious White (+5500)

20. Von Miller (+5500)

But who are the best bets of the bunch? 

Washington Football Team's second-year star Chase Young appears to be the best value on the board at +1100. The reigning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year tallied 7.5 sacks and forced four fumbles. His rare combination of speed, power, and athletism give him all the tools to be an all-time great.

Speaking of rare talent, Browns stud Myles Garrett notched 12 sacks in 14 games. He was sidelined for a few games due to the COVID-19 and was very open about his struggles with asthma and the effects of the virus on his body. As a prime candidate to have won the 2020 DPOY before being sidelined, a motivated Garrett at +600 will also be worth a look.

While it might be a little too late in the careers for Von Miller, Khalil Mack, and Bobby Wagner to make a push for the DPOY, do not rule out any of the players on this list. Every single person on this list has the ability to take over games and wreak havoc on any offense. The problem for most of these guys is, Donald does that better than anyone, and the odds show that.

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