It felt like a matter of time before Myles Garrett, one of the best pass-rushers of this generation, would win the first NFL Defensive Player of the Year award of his career.
He finally did so in 2023, but the Cleveland Browns star isn't the favorite to defend his crown in 2024. That honor belongs to Dallas Cowboys star Micah Parsons, who opened as the +500 favorite at DraftKings after finishing in the top three in voting each of the last three seasons.
Here's a look at the opening odds to win the 2024-25 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award via our best sports betting sites, along with a recap of last year's results.
2024-25 NFL Defensive Player of the Year odds
(NFL Defensive Player of the Year odds updated Feb. 13)
|Josh Allen (JAX)
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Who is the NFL Defensive Player of the Year favorite?
Micah Parsons (+500 via DraftKings)
Parsons enters 2024 as the favorite to win this award over three players who have already done so before. Yet there's no player who feels more deserving of this early front-runner status.
The Cowboys star is the only defender to finish in the top three in DPOY voting each of the last three seasons, which just happened to be the first three years of Parsons' career. He's finished with at least 13 sacks in all three seasons, and his 33 QB hits last year were the most of his career.
Dallas' defense could take a step back in 2023 after the departure of coordinator Dan Quinn, though Parsons could be featured even more under incoming coordinator Mike Zimmer. If he can maintain his level of production in a new system, that in itself would be a notch on his belt and a potential factor for voters.
NFL Defensive Player of the Year odds: Contender
Nick Bosa (+650 via DraftKings)
What happened to Bosa in 2023? A year after leading the league with 18.5 sacks en route to DPOY honors, the San Francisco 49ers star fell back down to earth with just 10.5 sacks even with an extra game played.
While it's easy to point to the record-setting contract he signed in September, the answer is a little more complicated. Bosa actually finished with more pressures (95) and a better PFF grade (92.7) than he did in 2022, but the raw sack totals dropped in 2023 under new defensive coordinator Steve Wilks.
Bosa led the NFL in tackles for loss (21) in 2021, so it seems like last year's box-score stats were the outlier and not what we can expect from Bosa in 2024. Keep an eye on these odds; if they start to dip, take advantage.
NFL Defensive Player of the Year odds: Long shot
Kyle Hamilton (+3500 via DraftKings)
It's been 14 years since we've seen a safety win this award. If anyone can end that streak this year, it's definitely Hamilton, who was everywhere for the Baltimore Ravens in 2023.
The former top-15 pick shook off a humbling rookie campaign to earn first-team All-Pro honors as a sophomore and become the youngest starter (22) at the Pro Bowl. He was also the ultimate chess piece for the Ravens' historic defense, finishing as the NFL's only player with at least 13 pass breakups and 10 tackles for loss - all while adding three sacks and four interceptions for good measure.
In a market that is routinely dominated by pass-rushers, Hamilton's versatility and ability to stuff the stat sheet in unique ways could separate him from the pack, especially if Baltimore's defense can maintain an elite level after losing coordinator Mike Macdonald.
NFL Defensive Player of the Year closing odds 2023-24
(NFL Defensive Player of the Year odds as of Jan. 1)
NFL Defensive Player of the Year winner 2023-24
Myles Garrett (-200 via BetMGM)
It was a bit surprising to see Garrett's odds get this expensive, as his sack against the New York Jets during Week 17 was his first in five weeks. However, the former No. 1 pick did record three tackles with four quarterback hits in the game to secure the first DPOY award of his career.
Garrett finished the regular season with 42 tackles, 14 sacks and four forced fumbles across 16 games and was the anchor for a defense that allowed a league-low 270.2 yards per game through the regular season. Garrett also provided some stability for a Browns team that cycled through starting quarterbacks amid injuries to the most important position.
Recent NFL Defensive Player of the Year winners
NFL Defensive Player of the Year betting analysis
DraftKings was the first of our best sports betting apps to release NFL Defensive Player of the Year odds, and we should see the rest follow suit early in the offseason. Odds will then be impacted by free agency and trades, the NFL draft, and offseason reports before preseason games are even played.
It's best to look for long shots early in the process and wait for odds to rise on any of the favorites during the 2024-25 NFL season.
NFL Defensive Player of the Year FAQs
Who is the favorite for NFL Defensive Player of the Year?
Dallas Cowboys edge rusher Micah Parsons is the betting favorite (+500) to win the 2024 NFL Defensive Player of the Year award.
When will the 2024-25 NFL Defensive Player of the Year be announced?
The 2024-25 NFL Defensive Player of the Year will be announced at the NFL Honors show during Super Bowl week in early February 2025.
Who was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year last year?
Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year for the 2023-24 season.
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