The Baltimore Ravens probably didn’t surprise anybody when they selected a defensive standout with their first pick in this year’s NFL draft.
The Ravens are a team that’s built their legacy on the defensive side of the ball, and they stayed on-trend when they selected Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton with the 14th overall pick.
Three out of Baltimore’s first four picks were defenders, and they should once again be primed for a dominant season on the defensive side of the ball.
We’ve already covered Offensive Rookie of the Year odds, which you can find here. With Hamilton likely having the Ravens’ best shot to take home some rookie hardware, let’s take a look at this year’s Defensive Rookie of the Year (DROY) odds.
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2022 Defensive Rookie Of The Year Odds
Aidan Hutchinson, Detroit Lions DE
The Detroit Lions landed exactly who they wanted with the No. 2 overall pick this year in Aidan Hutchinson.
A local product, Hutchinson spent his time terrorizing Big Ten quarterbacks for the Michigan Wolverines last year. The defensive lineman finished the year with 14 sacks and 62 tackles while finishing second in the Heisman Trophy balloting.
He seems like the perfect fit for the Lions and head coach Dan Campbell and should make an immediate impact as a rookie.
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Kayvon Thibodeaux, N.Y. Giants Edge
Thibodeaux was taken with the No. 5 overall pick by the New York Giants. The explosive edge rusher played 10 games in 2021 for Oregon and accumulated seven sacks, two forced fumbles, and 49 tackles.
The 6-4 Thibodeaux should be a problem for opposing quarterbacks early and often and should see a lot of time on the field as a New York Giant. In his college career, Thibodeaux had 19 sacks and 126 tackles in 30 games.
Travon Walker, Jacksonville Jaguars DE
The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Travon Walker with the first overall pick in this year’s draft. Walker was part of one of the best defenses in history with the national champion Georgia Bulldogs.
Walker is a beast at 6-5, 275 pounds, and also ran a 4.51 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. He played in all 13 games for the Bulldogs last season and finished with 33 tackles, six sacks, and a team-high 36 quarterback hurries.
He’s just what the doctor ordered for a Jaguars team that needs to keep its offense on the field a little more this season.
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Baltimore Ravens’ Best Chance
Hamilton is right in the mix at the moment, with betting odds ranging from +800 to +1100.
The impressive Notre Dame safety has incredible size at 6-4, 220 pounds and should be an imposing force in the open field.
Many analysts had considered Hamilton a top-10 pick before he ran an underwhelming 40-yard dash at the combine. He has a rare combination of size and speed with great coverage and blitzing ability.
He was ranked first in his position heading into the draft and will join a Ravens’ secondary that should be elite.
Hamilton played seven games in his final year in college, but if he can stay healthy this season, this potential superstar’s sky is the limit.
Past DROY Winners
2021 Micah Parsons
2020 Chase Young
2019 Nick Bosa
2018 Darius Leonard
2017 Marshon Lattimore
2016 Joey Bosa
2015 Marcus Peters
2014 Aaron Donald
2013 Sheldon Richardson
2012 Luke Kuechly
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