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Micah Parsons celebrates a sack and is a favorite to win the 2023 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award.
Micah Parsons of the Dallas Cowboys reacts after sacking Joe Burrow of the Cincinnati Bengals during the third quarter at AT&T Stadium on September 18, 2022 in Arlington, Texas. Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images via AFP.

While the NFL offseason continues to churn along, it’s never too early to look at the futures markets and try to find an edge to capitalize on. Here’s our analysis of the 2023 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award odds and top NFL pick based on the odds from our best sportsbooks.

The oddsmakers have been on point in this betting market in recent years, and it’s been rare for a long shot to capture the Defensive Player of the Year honors. It gives prospective bettors an early edge because we can focus closer to the top of the odds lists a little closer than usual.

We also know that voters are impressed most by a statement statistical season, and in particular in the sacks or interceptions columns.

Here is our look at the best odds for the 2023 NFL Defensive Player of the Year winner, and a futures pick for who will win the award (odds via DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook). 

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NFL Defensive Player of the Year 2023 odds

Myles Garrett+750 🔥+700 ❄️
Micah Parsons+750 🔥+700 ❄️
T.J. Watt+850 🔥+800 ❄️
Nick Bosa+1000 ❄️+1100 🔥
Ahmad Gardner+1400 🔥+1200 ❄️
Maxx Crosby+1500 🔥+1200 ❄️
Haason Reddick+2000+2500 🔥
Brian Burns+2500 🔥+2000 
Aaron Donald+2500 🔥+2000 ❄️
Aidan Hutchinson+3000+3000
Quinnen Williams+3000 🔥+2500 ❄️
Chris Jones+3500 🔥+3000 ❄️
Roquan Smith+3500 ❄️+4000 🔥
Patrick Surtain II+4000+4000
Fred Warner+4000+4000

NFL Defensive Player of the Year 2023 best bets

  • Micah Parsons, Dallas Cowboys (+750 via DraftKings) - March 6

NFL Defensive Player of the Year 2023 odds: Favorites

Myles Garrett (+750 via DraftKings)

Not only did Garrett finish second in sacks (16) last season, he paced edge rushers in overall grade and pass-rush grade per Pro Football Focus. The Browns star also ranked third in pass rush win rate and finished fifth in voting for the award in 2022.

Micah Parsons (+750 via DraftKings)

Parsons has finished runner-up for the Defensive Player of the Year award in consecutive seasons to start his career. Few players can match him statistically, and he aces the eye test. Parsons should again remain a frontrunner in this betting market throughout the 2023 season.

T.J. Watt (+850 via DraftKings)

The 2021 Defensive Player of the Year was limited to just 10 games in 2022, and it was the third consecutive season he missed time due to injury. Other than registering just 5.5 sacks, it was business as usual for the disruptive linebacker.

Nick Bosa (+1100 via FanDuel)

Everything came together for Bosa last season. He paced the NFL in sacks (18.5), QB hits (48) and finished tied for second in tackles for a loss (19). Add a fourth-ranked pass-rush grade per PFF, and Bosa was a deserving winner of this award in 2022. 

NFL Defensive Player of the Year 2023 odds: Contenders

Sauce Gardner (+1400 via DraftKings)

The reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year turned in the highest overall and coverage grades among cornerbacks per PFF, and also led the league in passes defended (20). I consider Gardner as impactful as any defender in the league, but he might not finish with the flashy counting stats required to be a legitimate contender in this betting market.

Maxx Crosby (+1500 via DraftKings)

Crosby earned his second consecutive Pro Bowl invite, recorded a career-high 12.5 sacks and paced the NFL in tackles for a loss (22) last season. He still topped out at sixth in Defensive Player of the Year voting, though, and I think 2022 might prove to be the best showing of his career.

NFL Defensive Player of the Year 2023 odds: Long shots

Aidan Hutchinson (+3000 via DraftKings, FanDuel)

There was ample evidence of Hutchinson’s game-changing upside on display during his rookie season. He racked up 9.5 sacks and 53 pressures, and if the Detroit Lions can improve the supporting cast around him, his rise to stardom will accelerate. Add more game-to-game consistency in Year 2, and Hutchinson will sneak up these odds boards in a hurry.

Past NFL Defensive Player of the Year winners

Odds from

YearPlayerTeamOpening Odds
2022Nick Bosa49ers+1400
2021T.J. WattSteelers+800
2020Aaron DonaldRams+600
2019Stephon GilmorePatriots+8000
2018Aaron DonaldRams+590
2017Aaron DonaldRams+1400
2016Khalil MackBears+650
2015JJ WattTexans+150
2014JJ WattTexans+550

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