You might not have loved how the NFL Draft played out for your Lions a few months ago, but it’s hard to argue with the results so far (Jahmyr Gibbs usage aside).
Former Alabama defensive back Brian Branch has been one of the most impressive additions so far, with a game-changing pick-six in Week 1 and four pass deflections through a 3-1 start.
Branch isn’t the favorite to win NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, but that’s exactly why this is the best time to bet on him to win.
Let’s dig into the odds on Branch.
NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Odds
It’s no surprise that Branch (+900 odds) isn’t the favorite to win this award, especially when you consider that his competition – Will Anderson Jr., Devon Witherspoon and Jalen Carter – were all selected in the top 10 in the NFL Draft.
But that also means Branch – the 45th overall pick – has more room to climb up the odds as he continues to prove himself at the NFL level.
If you look at each player listed inside 30-to-1 odds to win this award, there’s no reason Branch can’t win.
The rookie defensive back has made 25 total tackles (more than Anderson Jr., Witherspoon and Carter) with the same amount of interceptions and pass deflections as Witherspoon.
Of course, there’s some reason to be concerned about the ankle injury Branch sustained in last week’s win over Green Bay, but he returned to the field after the injury and continued to make impact plays.
If Branch can overcome his injury and still excel, it might only further his case as the best defensive rookie.
But don’t wait to place this bet!
The Lions are scheduled to play quarterbacks such as Bryce Young, Baker Mayfield, Aidan O’Connell/Jimmy Garoppolo, Justin Fields (twice) and Derek Carr/Jameis Winston.
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