Travon Walker (LB) +500
The first overall pick of the 2022 draft is the current favorite to win Defensive Rookie of the Year. Dominating as a run defender at Georgia in college, Walker was drafted with the first pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars where he is expected to continue blocking the run. One of the big questions facing Walker during preseason was if the linebacker could improve on his pass rushing. In Week One during the first game of his NFL career, Travon Walker recorded a sack and an interception against Washington, pushing him into his current favorite status.
Aidan Hutchinson (DE) +600
Perhaps the biggest name to be drafted in the NFL offseason, Aidan Hutchinson has some huge expectations set for him this season. The second overall pick was drafted by the Detroit Lions and was the standout favorite to win the Defensive Rookie of the year Award for most of the offseason. The rookie defensive end has everything a player at his position needs: speed, strength, an extremely high motor and more. In his senior season at the University of Michigan, the Wolverine recorded an elite 14 sacks and 17 tackles for loss. While Hutchinson had a forgetful debut against the Eagles in Week One, I’m all over Hutchinson to win this year’s award at +600 odds.
Kayvon Thibodeaux (DE) +800
Drafted with the fifth overall pick by the New York Giants, defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux is here. Thibodeaux’s main strength on the defensive side of the ball comes in the form of pass rushing. In his three years as an Oregon Duck the DE earned a 90.9 pass rush grade (1st), 87.8 PFF grade (1st in PAC-12 DEs), and a 19% pass rush win rate (1st). If he can translate these types of numbers into the NFL, Kayvon Thibodeaux is destined for one hell of a season.