NFL DPOY Odds: Who is favorite to win in 2022?

Aaron Donald Los Angeles Rams 2021

The battle for NFL Defensive Player Of The Year (DPOY) should be a beauty again in 2022 and we have early odds for you.

Super Bowl LVI is in the rear view mirror, the Combine is done and now we are deep into free agency with the NFL Draft to look forward to. The countdown to the 2022 season is an all-you-can-eat buffet of pigskin storylines.

Here is all you need to know right now about betting for Defensive Player Of The Year.

Latest DPOY Odds in 2022

Aaron Donald did not win DPOY in 2021, but he got a pretty neat consolation prize – a first Super Bowl ring.

Donald was terrific as the Rams outlasted Cincinnati in the big game on his home turf at SoFi Stadium, and despite speculation he might retire, the three-time DPOY is back to battle for another title.

Not surprisingly, Donald is right at the head of the 2022 betting along with Cleveland pass rusher Myles Garrett at +650 (bet $100 to win $650) while the 2021 winner – Pittsburgh OLB T.J. Watt is on +700.

Another man who is sured to have plenty of bettor friends is Dallas LB Micah Parsons, who was an absolute freak in his rookie season. While tagged at LB, Parsons also played a ton of edge and showed he is something else when rushing the passer, racking up 13 sacks. Micah is +1100 to win DPOY in 2022.

Next up we have San Francisco DE Nick Bosa, who finished 2021 in red-hot form, followed by Washington stud Chase Young, who is coming off a major injury last season. Then it’s Nick Bosa’s brother Joey (Los Angeles Chargers).

Two men worth a mention who have been on the move this offseason are Khalil Mack and Von Miller. Mack was traded by the Bears to the Chargers and will have plenty to prove in 2022, while Miller is now with Super Bowl favorite Buffalo after winning a second ring with the Rams in February.

Here are the latest DPOY odds from PointsBet:

Aaron DonaldDTLos Angeles Rams+650
Myles GarrettDECleveland Browns+650
T.J. WattOLBPittsburgh Steelers+700
Micah ParsonsLBDallas Cowboys+1100
Nick BosaDESan Francisco 49ers+1600
Chase YoungDEWashington Commanders+2500
Joey BosaDELos Angeles Chargers+2800
Khalil MackOLBLos Angeles Chargers+3300
Von MillerOLBBuffalo Bills+3300
Danielle HunterOLBMinnesota Vikings +3300
Robert QuinnDEChicago Bears+3300

NB: Odds correct on April 17, 2022

Who won DPOY?

Three players hold the record for the most DPOY titles – the alltime great Lawrence Taylor and two current NFL stars – Arizona Cardinal J.J. Watt and the aforementioned Mr Donald. The award was first handed out back in 1971.

The last 10 winners of the award are as follows:

  • 2021: T.J. Watt (OLB, Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 2020: Aaron Donald (DT, Los Angeles Rams)
  • 2019: Stephon Gilmore (CB, New England Patriots)
  • 2018: Aaron Donald (DT, Los Angeles Rams)
  • 2017: Aaron Donald (DT, Los Angeles Rams)
  • 2016: Khalil Mack (OLB, Oakland Raiders)
  • 2015: J.J. Watt (DE, Houston Texans)
  • 2014: J.J. Watt (DE, Houston Texans)
  • 2013: Luke Kuechly (LB, Carolina Panthers)
  • 2012: J.J. Watt (DE, Houston Texans)

Who chooses NFL DPOY?

Like the other major NFL awards such as MVP, the award is chosen under the banner of the Associated Press – that doyen of impartiality. A panel of 50 AP sportswriters make the call.

Does DPOY include the playoffs?

No, the award is chosen based on regular season play only. Postseason play does not count.

When will DPOY be announced?

DPOY is announced during the NFL’s glittering annual awards ceremony. The 2022 version will be held on Thursday February 9 in Glendale, Arizona. Just three days out from Super Bowl LVII.