The NFL regular season is over a month away from officially starting, but odds for several end-of-season NFL Awards emerged earlier this week, and the former UK pass-rusher made a list.
The No. 7 overall pick in the NFL Draft is tied for second-best defensive rookie of the year odds with Devin White at +700, trailing only Nick Bosa (+550).
NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year odds
Nick Bosa +550
Devin White 7/1
Josh Allen 7/1
Devin Bush 15/2
Quinnen Williams 11/1
Ed Oliver 16/1
Montez Sweat 16/1
Brian Burns 17/1
Clelin Ferrell 22/1
— FanDuel Sportsbook (@FDSportsbook) July 18, 2019
Allen is a freakish athlete, so the hype makes sense, but there’s also something to be said about the beneficial situation into which he was drafted. Jacksonville’s defensive ranked fifth-best in the NFL last season, allowing an average of 311 yards per game.
Add Allen, who Jags defensive coordinator Todd Walsh said will play defensive end, to a defensive line that also boasts the likes of Calais Campbell, Marcell Dareus, and Yannick Ngakoue, and Jacksonville’s defense has some serious game-wrecking potential.
The Jaguars report for training camp on Thursday, July 25, where Allen will take the field for the first time since suffering a knee contusion in OTAs.
Could it be the start of a stellar rookie campaign? Vegas seems to think so.
BBN, are those +700 odds anything you’d be willing to take?