2022 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Futures Odds and Preview

By Jeff Stinger

Each and every year, it seems that the NFL’s defensive rookies seem to get stronger and faster than their predecessors. That remains the case considering the 2022 NFL Draft class, which featured five defensive players selected within the first five picks of the draft. Who are the names that we should be on the lookout for when it comes to predicting the next Defensive Rookie of the Year?

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2022 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Odds and Preview

2022 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Favorites

Aidan Hutchinson 

2022 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year odds: +500

Widely regarded by pundits as the best prospect out of the 2022 draft class, Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson fell right into the Lions’ laps as the second-overall pick and is now seen as the local savior of a porous Lions defense. Hutchinson finished his final collegiate campaign with 55 total tackles, 14 sacks, and two forced fumbles. He’s no stranger to accolades as well, having won eight individual awards in his final season in Michigan, including but not limited to the Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year, the Lott Trophy, the Ted Hendricks Award, and the Lombardi Award.

Kayvon Thibodeaux 

2022 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year odds: +550

The New York Giants may have found themselves the gem out of the 2022 NFL Draft class in Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux, who has a decent defensive system in place that has produced greats like Lawrence Taylor, and Michael Strahan. Thibodeaux was named a unanimous All-American selection and is arguably the most complete defensive end amongst his peers after tallying 49 tackles, seven sacks, and 12 tackles for loss in his final season in Eugene.

2022 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Dark Horses

Lewis Cine

2022 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year odds: +4,000

As a member of a history-making Georgia draft class of 2021, expectations are high for safety Lewis Cine, whom the Vikings picked up with the very last pick of the first round. The Vikings are preparing for the inevitable retirement of Harrison Smith, and the 22-year-old from Haiti is a bright talent who will learn from one of the NFL’s best safeties. Seven other defensive backs were selected before Cine in the first round, but his value as a sleeper to win the DROY award this season is just as noteworthy. 

Drake Jackson 

2022 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year odds: +5,000

Another newcomer entering a superb defensive system is second-rounder Drake Jackson, who’s fortunate enough to be nabbed by the 49ers. Should the edge rusher out of USC impress in training camp, he’ll have plenty of opportunities to shine opposite of Nick Bosa on the Niners’ front seven. Jackson was a consistent member of the Trojans’ program, being named a second-team All-Pac-12 selection in each of his three seasons in SoCal.

2022 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Huge Reach

Tariq Woolen 

2022 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year odds: +12,500

Seattle’s Legion of Boom defense is undergoing a full makeover and rookie cornerback Tariq Woolen appears to be a big part of those plans. The 23-year-old out of UTSA impressed scouts in the NFL combine with a 4.26 mark in the 40-yard dash and a 42-inch vertical jump. However, Woolen has a lot of competition in the Seahawks’ unproven cornerback platoon. Couple that with his college tenure for a mid-major school and it’s only fitting that he’s no more than a longshot to win the 2022 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award.

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