Chiefs LB Willie Gay Jr. given 7th-best odds to win Defensive Rookie of the Year

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STARKVILLE, MS - SEPTEMBER 21: Linebacker Willie Gay Jr. #6 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs runs the ball downfield after an interception during the first quarter of their game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Davis Wade Stadium on September 21, 2019 in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)

Oddsmakers seem to like what the Kansas City Chiefs did in the 2020 NFL Draft. Early odds had first-round pick RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire with some of the best odds to win the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year Award. Now their second-round pick is among favorites to win the defensive version of the award.

According to BetMGM, Chiefs LB Willie Gay Jr. is tied for the seventh-best odds to win the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year Award at 25/1. Gay Jr. shares equal odds with Carolina Panthers DT Derrick Brown, San Francisco 49ers DT Javon Kinlaw and Seattle Seahawks LB Jordyn Brooks.

The No. 2 overall pick by Washington, DE Chase Young, is favored to win the award with 5/2 odds. He’s followed by Arizona Cardinals LB Isaiah Simmons (11/2), Baltimore Ravens LB Patrick Queen (11/1), Kenneth Murray (11/1), Detroit Lions CB Jeffrey Okudah (14/1) and Jacksonville Jaguars DE K’Lavon Chaisson (20/1). Gay Jr. wasn’t selected in the first round, let alone the first 50 picks of the draft, while all of the players with better or equal odds were first-round picks.

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