The 2023 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award is going to be interesting as there are some contenders that can make a huge impact. With a lot of defensive studs playing their first snaps as a professional, this will be an interesting one to decipher through the candidates. Let’s discuss the top guys and figure out who to place a wager on.
Will Anderson Jr (+400)
The defensive end for the Houston Texans has the best odds to win the award. He dominated in his four years in Alabama despite not playing in 2023. However, he has shown no problem getting to the quarterback as he had 34.5 sacks in his three seasons. With the secondary of Jalen Pitre, Desmond King II and Derek Stingley Jr, Anderson should have the time to get to the quarterback. It’s a decent bet but I would like the odds a little closer to the rest of the pack.
Jalen Carter (+700)
Jalen Carter is arguably the best defender entering the NFL this season and with the Philadelphia Eagles, it can really be another incredible weapon. This Philly defense was third in NFL history in sacks. It is going to be difficult for offensive lineman to focus on him with the likes of Fletcher Cox, Josh Sweat, Brandon Graham and Jordan Davis rotating in as well. Carter should be the best option to win the award this year.
Christian Gonzalez (+950)
One thing is for sure, the New England Patriots are focusing on the defensive side of the ball. He did not do too much between Colorado and Oregon as he had 17 pass breakups and four interceptions. However, with the AFC East being loaded at quarterback, expect the ball to be thrown his way. We just saw a cornerback in Sauce Gardner win the award last year but two years in a row feels a little bit like a stretch.
Tyree Wilson (+1000)
Las Vegas Raiders defensive end is now off the NFI and is ready to roll. However, with Chandler Jones and Maxx Crosby occupying the starting defensive end spots, it will be difficult to envision Wilson getting many snaps to start the year. Wait a few weeks before considering Wilson and see how Josh McDaniels uses him.