Kyle Hamilton Rookie Of The Year Odds: Can Ravens Safety Make An Impact?

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.

Sports fans in the state can place their DROY bets at five Maryland casinos while the state continues to wait for mobile betting apps.

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2022 Defensive Rookie Of The Year Odds

Aidan Hutchinson+500+450+500+350
Kayvon Thibodeaux+550+500+550+400
Travon Walker+600+600+650+500
Devin Lloyd+900+800+1200+900
Jermaine Johnson+900+800+900+900
Quay Walker+900+800+900+900
Ahmad Gardner+1000+1000+1000+1000
Kyle Hamilton+1000+800+1100+1100
Derek Stingley+1000+1000+1000+1000
Trent McDuffie+1400+1600+2000+1800
Nakobe Dean+1400+1200+1400+2500
Jordan Davis+1400+1400+1600+1200
Kaiir Elam+1600+1800+1600+2000

The Favorites

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

Photo by Jeff Speer/Icon Sportswire

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Ryan Hagen

Ryan Hagen is a freelance writer for Maryland Sharp. He’s spent most of his career writing in roles that have ranged from copywriter at a boutique ad agency to corporate communications at a large oil firm. His true passion is sports, and he’s now been writing in the sports gaming industry for the last couple of years. He enjoys sports betting and usually bets a little too much when he loses and not quite enough when he wins.