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2018 AP Defensive Rookie of the Year Odds & Picks

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AP’s Defensive Rookie of the Year award doesn’t have the flash of its offensive counterpart. But you can still cash in big by making the smart bet on the right pick. Now let’s take a closer look at 5Dimes’ AP Defensive ROY odds and a few picks that should be on your watch list.

2018 AP Defensive Rookie of the Year Odds & Picks

  • Bradley Chubb +375
  • Roquan Smith +530
  • Tremaine Edmunds +900
  • Minkah Fitzpatrick +1200
  • Denzel Ward +1200
  • Derwin James +1200
  • Leighton Vander Esch +1450
  • Harold Landry +1600
  • Rashaan Evans +1600
  • Jaire Alexander +1625

The 5Dimes Oddsmakers Top Picks To Win Defensive Rookie Of The Year

Bradley Chubb, EDGE, Broncos +375

Bradley Chubb was the top prospect in the 2018 NFL Draft but dropped to fifth to the chagrin of the Broncos. He sits at 6-4, 269 pounds and had 20 1/2 sacks in his final two college seasons. A sturdy frame, great hand work, and impressive speed will keep Chubb on the field for run plays as well as passing downs. He will light up the stat sheet from Week 1.

Roquan Smith, LB, Bears +530

Roquan Smith has 4.51 speed, psychic level anticipation, and light speed play recognition ability. Everything a Bears linebacker needs.

The bad news? The 8th-overall pick in April’s NFL Draft has yet to sign with the team. His natural talent and polished skill will make him a quick study if and when he reports to camp.

2018 NFL Defensive Rookie Of The Year Smart Picks

Derwin James, S, Chargers +1200

Derwin James was drafted by the Chargers to shore up the middle of the field. He will join Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram who are one of the leagues top outside pass-rushing duo.

While Bosa and Ingram attack from either side, opposing QBs will either have to take the sack or throw the quick pass across the middle also known as the Derwin zone.

Jaire Alexander, CB, Packers +1625

Jaire Alexander is built like Odell Beckham Jr, but faster. The Green Bay rookie ran a 4.38 forty. Beckham 4.43. He is physically gifted and tenacious. But Alexander’s vertical was a full 3.5 inches shorter than the Giants super star. The lone shortcoming is most likely why he plays corner and not wideout.

Marcus Davenport, EDGE, Saints +1650

Why did the Saints reach for Marcus Davenport as the 14th pick overall in the 2018 NFL Draft?

He is immensely powerful and deceptively fast. There’s so much like to like about his game. New Orleans’ 2017 draft class was one for the ages and adding Davenport will make this team better once he acclimates to the speed and strength of NFL offensive tackles after tossing blockers around like rag dolls in college.

2018 NFL Defensive Rookie Of The Year Longshot Picks

Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Dolphins +1200

The Alabama safety was drafted 11th overall for his range, versatilely and top-flight speed. His long body and sticky hands allow him to match up against athletic tight ends and slot receivers. Fitzpatrick can blitz, chase down a runner and will be a leader in the locker room.

Why is he a long shot to win Defensive ROY honors? Fitzpatrick will play behind established defensive stalwarts in Xavien Howard, Reshad Jones, Cordrea Tankersley and T.J. McDonald.

Maurice Hurst, DT, Raiders +5000

Maurice Hurst’s dropped to the fifth round where Oakland drafted him at 140th overall. Concerns of heart irregularities on an EKG test performed at the NFL combine trumped his top-10 talent.

Khalil Mack and Bruce Irving will cover the edge leaving Hurst free to fill the gaps and rush up the middle. His ability to come out fast and low should create opportunities to become a disruptive penetrator pushing opposing QBs out of the box into his edge rushing compatriots.

The Complete Odds To Win The 2018 AP Defensive Rookie of the Year

  • Bradley Chubb +375
  • Roquan Smith +530
  • Tremaine Edmunds +900
  • Denzel Ward +1200
  • Derwin James +1200
  • Minkah Fitzpatrick +1200
  • Leighton Vander Esch +1450
  • Harold Landry +1600
  • Rashaan Evans +1600
  • Jaire Alexander +1625
  • Marcus Davenport +1650
  • Josh Jackson +1950
  • Terrell Edmunds +2500
  • Vita Vea +2500
  • Da’Ron Payne +2850
  • Carlton Davis +3050
  • Darius Leonard +3050
  • Donte Jackson +3150
  • Isaiah Oliver +3300
  • MJ Stewart +3500
  • Uchenna Nwosu +3500
  • Mike Hughes +3500
  • Kemoko Turay +3600
  • Jessie Bates +3650
  • Taven Bryan +3800
  • Maurice Hurst +5000
  • Breeland Speaks +6600
  • Tyquan Lewis +7000
  • PJ Hall +8500