Who will be named Defensive Rookie of the Year 2021-22?

The NFL season is still a few months away from getting underway, but the betting markets for the player awards at the end of the 2021-22 season are already open. One of the most coveted prizes for the rookies that will be making their NFL bow this coming season is the Defensive Rookie of the Year award. There will be intrigue in this market throughout the season, but which star will be able to follow in the footsteps of Chase Young and win the award next season?

Micah Parsons

The player regarded by the leading Iowa online sports betting sites as the outstanding chance according to the odds is currently Micah Parsons. Parsons was selected in the first round of the 2021 Draft and 12th overall by the Dallas Cowboys. He has all the credentials to seamlessly adjust to the NFL, and had been regarded as one of the best defensive players at college level.

During his time with Penn State, he picked up the Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year award in 2019, as well as being named the Cotton Bowl Defensive MVP. Parsons was in excellent form throughout the 2019 season, as he made 109 total tackles, 57 assisted tackles, and 5.0 sacks.

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Kwity Paye

Kwity Paye will be one of the most exciting players to watch in the NFL next season, after he was picked 21st overall by the Indianapolis Colts. The defensive end comes into the league after a troubled early life, which saw him born in a refugee camp in Guinea before relocating to the United States. His performances on the field have already seen him pick up awards during his college career at Michigan, as he is a two-time second-team All-Big Ten.

He was most recently named in the team in 2020. His stats at college level are very impressive, as he played eleven games in his most recent full season, and made 50 tackles and 6.5 sacks. Paye was restricted to just four games in 2020 in his senior year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jaelan Phillips

Jaelan Phillips has been regarded as a potential star since his days at high school with Redlands East Valley. He left high school as the top prospect in the game, as he made 264 tackles and 31.5 sacks. As well as that, he forced three fumbles and made three interceptions. After a number of offers, he played his first year at college level with UCLA, before swapping for Miami in 2019.

He was picked up in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft at 18th overall by the Miami Dolphins. Phillips had achieved a high standard throughout college, as he was named in the Second Team All-American in 2020, as well as Second-Team All-ACC in the same year. During his final year at Miami, he made 21 solo tackles and 45 assisted tackles, as well as 8.0 sacks. Phillips looks set to be a leading rookie defender in the NFL this coming season.

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