Here are the initial 2023 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year odds

Houston Texans linebacker Will Anderson Jr. answers questions during an introductory news conference, Friday, April 28, 2023, in Houston. Anderson Jr. was selected in the first round, third overall, by the Texans in the NFL Draft on Thursday. (AP Photo/Kevin M. Cox)

When the Houston Texans took Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud at No. 2 overall in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft on Thursday night in Kansas City, Missouri, it was no surprise that an Offensive Rookie of the Year favorite was landing with Houston.

But the Texans pulled off a double strike, trading up from No. 12 to also pick at No. 3, where they took Alabama edge rusher Will Anderson — who’s the Defensive Rookie of the Year favorite.

Odds in the market list Anderson as the +340 first choice for the defensive award. It’s a wide-open race, but Anderson is the clear favorite ahead of the Philadelphia Eagles’ Jalen Carter, the No. 9 pick, and the Las Vegas Raiders’ Tyree Wilson, the No. 7 pick. Carter currently has odds of +600 to win the award and Wilson isn’t far behind at +750).

The winners in years past have been either defensive ends (like Anderson), linebackers or cornerbacks, including last year’s winner, Sauce Gardner of the New York Jets.

2023 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year odds

Odds via FanDuel Sportsbook

Will Anderson, Texans DE (+340)

Jalen Carter, Eagles DT (+600)

Tyree Wilson, Raiders DE (+750)

Christian Gonzalez, Patriots CB (+1100)

Devon Witherspoon, Seahawks CB  (+1100)

Lukas Van Ness, Packers DE (+1400)

Emmanuel Forbes, Commanders CB (+1700)

Felix Anudike-Uzomah, Chiefs DE (+1800)

Jack Campbell, Lions LB (+1800)

Deonte Banks, Giants CB (+2000)

Nolan Smith, Eagles LB (+2200)

Brian Branch, Lions S (+2300)

Calijah Kancey, Buccaneers DT (+2500)

Will McDonald IV, Jets DE (+2500)

Joey Porter Jr., Steelers CB (+2500)

Drew Sanders, Broncos LB (+2500)

Myles Murphy, Bengals DE (+2800)

Nick Herbig, Steelers LB (+3300)

BJ Ojulari, Cardinals DE (+3300)

Kelee Ringo, Eagles CB (+3300)

Keion White, Patriots DE (+3300)

Daiyan Henley, Chargers LB (+4000)

Julius Brents, Colts CB (+4500)

Bryan Bresee, Saints DT (+4500)

Cam Smith, Dolphins CB (+4500)

DJ Turner, Bengals CB (+4500)

Adetomiwa Adebawore, Colts DT (+5000)

Derick Hall, Seahawks LB (+5000)

Mazi Smith, Cowboys DT (+5000)

Tyrique Stevenson, Bears CB (+5000)


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