If you want to bet on the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year Award right now, you’d be foolish to bet on anyone other than the New York Jets full-back Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner. Based on Sports betting coin, the fourth overall pick has odds of -1200 to win the prize. That’s a 92.31% implied chance – a key in fact. The closest competitor is Detroit edge runner and second overall pick, Aidan Hutchinson, with +800 odds, or 11.11% chance.
Don’t think too much about how those two numbers add up to more than 100 percent, that’s just how the odds work. The fact of the matter is that despite Hutchinson’s very solid season, he was barely considered for the Defensive Rookie of the Year Award. Well, I find that ridiculous. While he may not be more deserving of the award than Gardner, there’s plenty of reason to believe Hutchinson has a chance to win, despite what the Jets do fans may try to convince you.
Arguments for Sauce Gardner
I will begin this defense of Hutchinson by making the best argument for Gardner as DROY. Gardner is the highest rated corner in .’s coverage Professional football spotlight, but if you’re more of a statistician, Gardner is still ahead of every other fullback in the NFL this year. The best things a full-back can do is allow very few passes and force an incomplete take. Gardner leads the NFL in required misses (19) and, of all corners with at least 350 fouls this year, Gardner is third in allowed yards (302).
Gardner has done 618 photo shoots this season. Two men ahead of him by distance – Trent McDuffie of Kansas City and Alontae Taylor of New Orleans – played only 376 and 350 times, respectively. In basically every corner in the tournament, Gardner is the leader in the two most important categories. Furthermore, his presence has been felt, as Gardner is eighth in the league for hits on target (8.5), meaning the quarterbacks have realized how good he is. and often refused his direction.
Why Aidan Hutchinson deserves consideration
That last tidbit is something Gardner defenders like to lean on when discussing Gardner’s impact, and yes, that’s impressive. However, Hutchinson could make a similar argument. Based on Seth Walder of ESPN, Hutchinson is doubles with the second-highest percentage in the NFL, behind only Cleveland’s Myles Garrett. As a rookie, teams are working hard to ensure Hutchinson faces multiple attacking forwards. It’s a quick pass the equivalent of Gardner facing fewer targets as his reputation grows.
You could make the argument that given the lack of talent around Hutchinson in the Lions defence, teams are more comfortable doubling Hutchinson more, and that has little to do with his reputation. it rather than about it. effectively prevent. However, in turn, I can make the same argument about Gardner. Maybe teams didn’t throw at Gardner because his teammates on that Jets’ side team were sub. Yes, I know DJ Reed and Michael Carter II are solid, but Alim McNeill and Isaiah Buggs are both solid domestic crosses for Detroit and Hutchinson is still in doubles. Hell, Hutchinson isn’t even Detroit’s rookie leader in a sack. That title goes to sixth pick James Houston, who has eight bags in just six games. Much of that success has been attributed to Hutchinson’s presence, opening alleyways for Houston. Maybe if he played all season he would be the favorite for DROY, but unfortunately, that’s not the case.
Rushing to the side, Hutchinson was also a factor in the news. His three interceptions rank third among rookies, while also earning 6.5 bags more than anyone else with at least two. He can rush, he can back off. He’s a nightmare in the insurance program.
Furthermore, Gardner didn’t have plays worthy of the iconic award Hutchinson had. That thing TFL . target line he was at Warriors Battlefield in Week 10, getting through the entire lineup to a stop right at the end of the first half…it was unbelievable. Earn three sacks in just the second game of his career to give the Lions their first win of the season? Remarkable. Gardner doesn’t have those defining moments, which may be because he plays in a position without a lot of action as a runner. I’m not saying Gardner hasn’t made any big plays, he’s done loads of frugal, phenomenal plays, but he hasn’t done those plays at the most exciting times. . His highlights don’t garner the same viral attention as some of Hutchinson’s best plays.
Gardner definitely deserves the Defensive Rookie of the Year award this season. I’m not trying to say he doesn’t deserve the hardware, but I feel Hutchinson’s phenomenal season is unfortunate. blurred. Gardner’s incredible play has unraveled all rookie full-backs, and that has given Seattle’s Tariq Woolen some well-deserved attention that I doubt he’ll get. if not, but it also attracts other worthy rookies like Hutchinson. If I were to vote for DROY, I would vote for Gardner, but that doesn’t mean Gardner is definitely the best defensive rookie this season. There’s an argument to be made for Hutch, and I’m just trying to point them out.