2022 NFL Awards Odds: Can Aaron Donald Win Defensive Player of the Year Again?

2022 NFL Awards Odds: Can Aaron Donald Win Defensive Player of the Year Again?

NFL Awards Predictions 2022 Odds

We may be in the throes of the NFL offseason, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still bet on football. The 2022-23 NFL season kicks off in less than two months, with preseason action slated to get underway in just a matter of weeks.

NFL betting sites are well-stocked with the latest NFL awards odds. You can bet on whether Josh Allen can win MVP as the early betting favorite, while there are also odds on a variety of secondary awards. Defensive Player of the Year, Offensive Rookie of the Year, and Coach of the Year are just a few of the many options out there for your perusal.

How are the latest NFL awards odds looking heading into the beginning of training camp?

Offensive Player of the Year Odds

Jonathan Taylor (+1000)
Deebo Samuel (+1000)
Cooper Kupp (+1200)
Derrick Henry (+1400)
Josh Allen (+1800)
Davante Adams (+1800)
Patrick Mahomes (+2000)
Nick Chubb (+2000)

These days, the NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award is typically viewed as an alternative to MVP. While quarterbacks typically dominate the MVP race, voters seem to treat Offensive Player of the Year as a separate category entirely.

No non-QB has won MVP since Adrian Peterson did it in 2012. Offensive Player of the Year, however, has been a different story. Patrick Mahomes, who won the award in 2018, is the only quarterback to have won it in the last five years. Two running backs – Derrick Henry and Todd Gurley – and two receivers – Cooper Kupp and Michael Thomas – have won it in the last half-decade.

The most rushing touchdowns by a player, in his 1st 3 seasons in #NFL history, is held by the great Earl Campbell: 45.

This record has stood for 40+ years.#Colts RB: Jonathan Taylor needs 16 TD’s (29 his 1st 2 seasons) this season to tie that. pic.twitter.com/wLXdkPscFO

— Lawrence Owen (@Colts_Law) July 9, 2022

While a QB can still win Offensive Player of the Year with a truly special season, this award gives voters a chance to recognize a different skill position player without double-dipping. That’s why Josh Allen, the MVP favorite, has the fifth-best NFL awards odds to claim Offensive Player of the Year.

Jonathan Taylor is the frontrunner at +1000 after he topped 1,800 rushing yards in just his second season as a pro. Deebo Samuel, who emerged as a Swiss Army Knife of a weapon for the 49ers last season, is the co-favorite at those same +1000 NFL awards betting odds.

Cooper Kupp, who won it last year, isn’t far behind at +1200. Derrick Henry, who topped 2,000 rushing yards and won Offensive Player of the Year two years ago, has favorable +1400 odds on the heels of an injury-plagued 2021 campaign.

Defensive Player of the Year Odds

Myles Garrett (+700)
TJ Watt (+700)
Aaron Donald (+750)
Micah Parsons (+1000)
Nick Bosa (+1500)
Joey Bosa (+2000)
Chase Young (+2000)
Khalil Mack (+2800)
Von Miller (+2800)

While defensive players are eligible to win MVP, it isn’t something that comes to pass very often. In fact, it’s only happened twice in the entire history of the NFL. Defensive tackle Alan Page won it for the Vikings in 1971 by a slim margin. Lawrence Taylor – arguably the greatest linebacker of all-time – was the last defensive player to win MVP. He did so in 1986.

For all intents and purposes, Defensive Player of the Year has become the defensive equivalent to MVP. This is probably the second-most-coveted individual honor in the game these days.

TJ Watt of the Steelers won the award for the first time a season ago. As of now, the NFL awards odds have Watt and Cleveland’s Myles Garrett listed as +700 co-favorites to win Defensive Player of the Year in 2022. If Watt wins it, he’ll join his brother, JJ, on a list that includes just eight others that have won this award on multiple occasions.

Who is the most dominant player in the league? pic.twitter.com/wtrALR3of8

— PFF (@PFF) July 17, 2022

Aaron Donald (+750) is probably the best active defensive player in the sport, yet the defending Super Bowl champion is a little behind Watt and Garrett at the top. Donald will become the first four-time Defensive Player of the Year in history the next time he takes home the hardware. With at least 11 sacks in each of the last five seasons, the Pitt product is showing absolutely no signs of slowing down.

The Cowboys’ Micah Parsons looks like an interesting sleeper given his +1000 NFL awards odds. Parsons breezed his way to Defensive Rookie of the Year honors a season ago, and there are countless ways he can impact the game on the defensive side of the ball. Assuming he continues to develop, Parsons is a lock to win this award at some point during his career.

Offensive Rookie of the Year Odds

Kenny Pickett (+600)
Breece Hall (+750)
Drake London (+800)
Treylon Burks (+800)
Christian Watson (+900)
Garrett Wilson (+1000)

The 2022 NFL draft class wasn’t the strongest in terms of skill position talent. Wide receiver Drake London was the first skill position player off the board, but he didn’t hear his name called until the Falcons did so with the eighth overall selection. No QB went before the Steelers nabbed Pitt’s Kenny Pickett at No. 20.

Interestingly enough, Pickett (+600) is the early frontrunner to win Offensive Rookie of the Year this term. The Steelers are hopeful he will be the long-term answer at the position following the retirement of Ben Roethlisberger. It’s fair to assume we’ll see Pickett on the field at some point this season, even if he’s ultimately unable to beat Mason Rudolph to the starting gig out of training camp.

No holdout: Jets second-round RB Breece Hall expected to sign rookie contract today (per @RapSheet)https://t.co/fiLezEAtvJ pic.twitter.com/SEQ9jjdtEy

— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) July 19, 2022

That said, Pickett is a risky bet considering he’s not a lock to even play as a rookie.

Breece Hall of the Jets (+750) is an alluring option with the second-best odds on the board. New York grabbed the productive Iowa State running back with an early second-rounder this spring. Hall will have competition for carries with Michael Carter, Tevin Coleman, and Ty Johnson all vying for playing time, but Hall looks most likely to begin the season as the starter.

Defensive Rookie of the Year Odds

Kayvon Thibodeaux (+550)
Aiden Hutchinson (+550)
Travon Walker (+750)
Quay Walker (+800)
Kyle Hamilton (+800)
Jermaine Johnson (+1000)
Derek Stingley Jr. (+1000)
Ahmad Gardner (+1000)

Aidan Hutchinson was the second player taken in the 2022 draft, but the newest member of the Detroit Lions has company in the Defensive Rookie of the Year race. Hutchinson is a +550 co-favorite to win it with the Giants’ Kayvon Thibodeaux, according to the latest NFL awards odds.

The draft’s top overall selection, Travon Walker, checks in at +750 to win DROY. The Jaguars are a bit of a wild card on the heels of a tumultuous season. Jacksonville is optimistic new head coach Doug Pederson will be able to clean up the mess left by Urban Meyer, but this is an incredibly young roster with a long way to go.

Vintage Travon Walker run game rep pic.twitter.com/ai7Oi0SCjB

— Josiah🏈 (@RainingGamess) July 19, 2022

Walker, one of the many defensive standouts entering the league out of Georgia, should help bolster the Jags’ struggling pass rush in a big way. Four of the last six players to win Defensive Rookie of the Year were edge rushers. If Walker makes an early impact, his NFL awards odds should only improve from here.

Coach of the Year Odds

Brandon Staley (+1400)
Mike McDaniel (+1600)
Nathaniel Hackett (+1600)
Josh McDaniels (+1800)
Brian Daboll (+1800)
Dan Campbell (+1800)
Doug Pederson (+1800)
Sean McDermott (+1800)

Coach of the Year is generally handed to the coach of a team that greatly exceeds preseason expectations. Of the eight coaches listed above, five will be in their first seasons with their respective teams. Two more are entering their second campaigns on the sidelines.

The Chargers’ Brandon Staley (+1400) looks like a logical favorite, but the NFL awards betting odds suggest he’s hardly a firm frontrunner. The Bolts were aggressive in terms of upgrading their roster during the offseason, and many expect the team to take a big step forward in 2022.

Gotta love Brandon Staley! This is exactly the type of energy I want towards our rivals. pic.twitter.com/YGfZDCXeo2

— ChargersMemes (@ChargersMemes) June 22, 2022

If the Chargers can get through a tough AFC West and challenge the Chiefs’ supremacy atop the division, Staley will have a very compelling Coach of the Year case.

Mike McDaniel of the Dolphins (+1600) and Nathaniel Hackett of the Broncos (+1600) aren’t far behind. McDaniel was credited as one of the masterminds behind the Niners’ impressive offense a season ago, and the 39-year-old was able to parlay that into the Dolphins’ job this offseason.

In Denver, Hackett will be armed with a new QB in Russell Wilson. Hackett has been an instrumental aspect of Aaron Rodgers’ back-to-back MVP seasons, and the Broncos are optimistic the first-time head coach will get the most out of Wilson in the Mile High City.

Author: Tamara Kim