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NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year: Odds, winners, trophy, when is it awarded?

We provide everything you need to know about the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Award.

Current NFL superstars Will Anderson Jr., Sauce Gardner, Nick Bosa and Micah Parsons are all former NFL Defensive Rookies of the Year who are still playing in the league.

Who will emerge as the league's best defensive rookie over the 2024 season? We have looked into some of the leading candidates.

2024 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year odds

Dallas Turner (MIN)

+750

Laiatu Latu (IND)

+750

Jared Verse (LAR)

+900

Quinyon Mitchell (PHI)

+1000

Terrion Arnold (DET)

+1200

Byron Murphy (SEA)

+1500

Dallas Turner +750

The Minnesota Vikings needed a player to replace the production of Houston Texans-bound defensive lineman Danielle Hunter, so they traded up for the second time in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft to land former Alabama defensive end Dallas Turner.

Turner had 22.5 sacks in 38 career games at Alabama. His 10 sacks in 2023 were the most in the SEC, and he will line up with an improved Vikings defensive front that features new additions Jonathan Greenard, Andrew Van Ginkel and Jihad Ward.

Laiatu Latu +750

Laiatu Latu was retired from football for medical reasons just two years ago, but he recovered from the neck injury that held him out and returned to UCLA to dominate against offensive linemen. The Indianapolis Colts felt confident enough to draft him 15th overall.

Latu played 33 career games at UCLA, picking up 24 sacks and 35.5 tackles for a loss. His 21.5 tackles for loss were the most in all of Division I college football in 2023, and his 13 sacks led the Pac-12. Plus, he had two interceptions and two forced fumbles, further proving himself as a defensive playmaker.

Jared Verse +900

Jared Verse began his career at Albany, transferred to a national powerhouse in Florida State after two seasons, and he dominated. He arguably has the most pressure on his shoulders of any draft pick: he was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams, who just saw legendary defensive tackle Aaron Donald retire.

Verse posted nine sacks in each of the last two seasons. His tackles for loss decreased from 17 in 2022 to 12.5 in 2023, but he batted down three passes in 2023 and saw more double-teams than in the previous campaign.

Quinyon Mitchell +1000

Former Toledo cornerback Quinyon Mitchell was the consensus top player at his position heading into the draft, and the CB-needy Philadelphia Eagles struck gold when he fell to them at the 22nd-overall pick.

Mitchell adds some much-needed youth to Philly's CB room that features 33-year-old Darius Slay and 30-year-old James Bradberry as its two top players. Mitchell dominated at Toledo: he had six interceptions, two pick-sixes, and 37 passes defended in 27 games over the past two seasons. His 45 career passes defended ranks third in NCAA history.

Terrion Arnold +1200

Former Alabama cornerback Terrion Arnold overtook college teammate Kool-Aid McKinstry on draft boards last season when he picked off five passes and defended 12 in 14 games.

Arnold joins a young Detroit Lions secondary where he will line up next to Kerby Joseph, Brian Branch and Jerry Jacobs who combined for 10 interceptions last season. The Lions ranked 11th in interceptions and 13th in passes defended, so Arnold and Co. will aim to make those slightly above average numbers into some of the NFL's best.

Read more: NFL Honors winners, awards, voting results & more

NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year past winners

Season

Name

Position

Team

2023

Will Anderson Jr.

DE

Houston Texans

2022

Sauce Gardner

CB

New York Jets

2021

Micah Parsons

OLB

Dallas Cowboys

2020

Chase Young

DE

Washington

2019

Nick Bosa

DE

San Francisco 49ers

2018

Shaquille Leonard

LB

Indianapolis Colts

2017

Marshon Lattimore

CB

New Orleans Saints

2016

Joey Bosa

DE

San Diego Chargers

2015

Marcus Peters

CB

Kansas City Chiefs

2014

Aaron Donald

DT

St. Louis Rams

2013

Sheldon Richardson

DT

New York Jets

2012

Luke Kuechly

MLB

Carolina Panthers

2011

Von Miller

OLB

Denver Broncos

2010

Ndamukong Suh

DT

Detroit Lions

2009

Brian Cushing

MLB

Houston Texans

2008

Jerod Mayo

MLB

New England Patriots

2007

Patrick Willis

MLB

San Frnacisco 49ers

2006

DeMeco Ryans

MLB

Houston Texans

2005

Shawne Merriman

OLB

San Diego Chargers

2004

Jonathan Vilma

MLB

New York Jets

2003

Terrell Suggs

OLB

Baltimore Ravens

2002

Julius Peppers

DE

Carolina Panthers

2001

Kendrell Bell

MLB

Pittsburgh Steelers

2000

Brian Urlacher

MLB

Chicago Bears

1999

Jevon Kearse

DE

Tennessee Titans

1998

Charles Woodson

CB

Oakland Raiders

1997

Peter Boulware

LB

Baltimore Ravens

1996

Simeon Rice

DE

Arizona Cardinals

1995

Hugh Douglas

DE

New York Jets

1994

Tim Bowens

DT

Miami Dolphins

1993

Dana Stubblefield

DT

San Francisco 49ers

1992

Dale Carter

CB

Kansas City Chiefs

1991

Mike Croel

OLB

Denver Broncos

1990

Mark Carrier

S

Chicago Bears

1989

Derrick Thomas

OLB

Kansas City Chiefs

1988

Erik McMillan

S

New York Jets

1987

Shane Conlan

MLB

Buffalo Bills

1986

Leslie O'Neal

DE

San Diego Chargers

1985

Duane Bickett

OLB

Indianapolis Colts

1984

Bill Maas

NT

Kansas City Chiefs

1983

Vernon Maxwell

OLB

Baltimore Ravens

1982

Chip Banks

OLB

Cleveland Browns

1981

Lawrence Taylor

OLB

New York Giants

1980

Al Richardson and Buddy Curry

OLB (both)

Atlanta Falcons (both)

1979

Jim Haslett

MLB

Buffalo Bills

1978

Al Baker

DE

Detroit Lions

1977

AJ Duhe

MLB

Miami Dolphins

1976

Mike Haynes

CB

New England Patriots

1975

Robert Brazile

OLB

Houston Oilers

1974

Jack Lambert

MLB

Pittsburgh Steelers

1973

Wally Chambers

DT

Chicago Bears

1972

Willie Buchanon

CB

Green Bay Packers

1971

Isiah Robertson

LB

Los Angeles Rams

1970

Bruce Taylor

CB

San Francisco 49ers

1969

Joe Greene

DT

Pittsburgh Steelers

1968

Claude Humphrey

DE

Atlanta Falcons

1967

Lem Barney

CB

Detroit Lions

NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year trophy

The NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year trophy features a bronze NFL logo attached to a small pedestal. It is similar to the trophies awarded for Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and Offensive Rookie of the Year.

NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year announcement

The NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year winner is announced at the NFL Honors ceremony, taking place at 9 PM ET on Thursday, February 8.

NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year voting

A panel of 50 sports journalists affiliated with the Associated Press votes on the NFL end-of-season awards, including the Defensive Rookie of the Year. For Offensive Player of the Year, voters rank their first three choices which makes it easier for the AP to calculate second- and third-placed finishers in voting.

Odds displayed within this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.

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