2024-25 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award Odds: Parsons Headlines Early Favorites

Myles Garrett is coming off claiming the NFL's top defensive prize but several pass rushers are challenging the Browns defensive end in 2024 Defensive Player of the Year odds, including Micah Parsons.

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May 14, 2024 • 12:00 ET • 4 min read
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Pass rusher Micah Parsons has taken the NFL by storm since entering the league in 2021.

The Dallas Cowboys superstar has already added Defensive Rookie of the Year to his resume and will look to do the same for DPOY honors in 2024-25, as NFL odds have penned the star linebacker as the early favorite for next season. 

NFL Defensive Player of the Year odds

Player Team Position DraftKings
Micah Parsons Cowboys Dallas Cowboys
LB +500
T.J. Watt Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers LB +550
Nick Bosa 49ers San Francisco 49ers DE +700
Maxx Crosby Raiders Las Vegas Raiders DE +700
Myles Garrett Browns Cleveland Browns DE +750
Aidan Hutchinson Lions Detroit Lions DE +1,000
Will Anderson Jr.  Texans Houston Texans DE +2,000
Danielle Hunter Texans Houston Texans DE +2,500
Josh Allen Jaguars Jacksonville Jaguars LB +2,500
Chris Jones Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs DT +3,000

Odds as of May 14, 2024.

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Favorites to win the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award

Micah Parsons (+500)

After winning Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2021, Micah Parsons hasn't stopped being a menace on defense for the Dallas Cowboys.

The star pass rusher set the tone for Dallas' defense this past season, picking up 16 sacks and boasting a pass-rushing grade of 93.7 according to Pro Football Focus.

T.J. Watt (+550)

T.J. Watt walked away with the DPOY award in 2021, and if it weren't for injuries the following year, he would have been a serious contender to repeat in 2022.

The Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end picked up where he left off during his award-winning campaign, finishing as 2023's league leader in sacks with 19, to go along with four forced fumbles.

Nick Bosa (+700)

The San Francisco 49ers defense boasted a star-studded cast en route to an appearance in Super Bowl 58, and superstar defensive end Nick Bosa was once again wreaking havoc in the trenches.

2022's Defensive Player of the Year finished the season with 10.5 sacks and 16 tackles for a loss. Bosa was the main catalyst for a 49ers team that allowed an average of just 17.5 points per game (third in the NFL). 

NFL Defensive Player of the Year betting trends

• Since this award was first given out in 1974, seven defensive players have claimed this award more than once. However, no defensive back has ever won it multiple times. 

• The NFL DPOY odds board is filled with pass rushers for 2024, which is little surprise given that nine of the last 10 winners of the award totaled at least 11 sacks.

• While voters for the NFL MVP Award seem to take team success into the equation, the same hasn't necessarily been true for DPOY accolades. Four of the last nine winners of the DPOY award were on defenses that ranked outside the Top 10.

NFL Defensive Player of the Year history

A quick look at the NFL DPOY winners since 2000 and the position they played.

Year NFL DPOY Award Winner Position
2023 Myles Garrett DE
2022 Nick Bosa DE
2021 T.J. Watt  Edge 
2020 Aaron Donald DT
2019 Stephon Gilmore CB
2018 Aaron Donald DT
2017 Aaron Donald DT
2016 Khalil Mack Edge
2015 J.J. Watt DE
2014 J.J. Watt DE
2013 Luke Kuechly LB
2012 J.J. Watt DE
2011 Terrell Suggs  Edge
2010 Troy Polamalu S
2009 Charles Woodson DB
2008 James Harrison Edge
2007 Bob Sanders S
2006 Jason Taylor Edge
2005 Brian Urlacher LB
2004 Ed Reed S
2003 Ray Lewis LB
2002 Derrick Brooks LB
2001 Michael Strahan DE
2000 Ray Lewis LB

NFL Defensive Player of the Year winners by position

Position Number of DPOY awards
Linebacker 17
Defensive end 14
Defensive tackle 10
Cornerback 6
Safety 5

Although linebackers have dominated this honor historically, defensive tackles have come on strongly lately, winning three of the last seven NFL Defensive Player of the Year awards thanks to the dominance of Aaron Donald.

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