Once the NFL Draft is finished and we know where all the top prospects have landed, it’s always fun to have a look at the Rookie of the Year odds for sports betting.
While it wasn’t considered a big year for quarterbacks in the draft, there’s still a lot of elite talent on both sides of the ball. The Washington Commanders selected wide receiver Jahan Dotson with the 16th overall pick in the draft, so all eyes will be on him for Maryland sports bettors looking for a local pick.
Dotson is currently paying between +1700 and +2000 at the major sportsbooks. Let’s jump in and look at this year’s Offensive Rookie of the Year (OROY) odds.
Sports fans in the state can place their OROY bets at five Maryland casinos while the state continues to wait for mobile betting apps.
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2022 NFL Offensive Rookie Of The Year Odds
While the MVP of the NFL almost always goes to a quarterback, the Offensive Rookie of the Year award is a different story. In the past 10 years, a quarterback has won OROY four times, while the rest have gone to receivers and running backs.
According to sportsbooks odds, the top three candidates to win the award at this point are QB Kenny Pickett, WR Drake London, and WR Treylon Burks. Let’s take a look at how these college standouts stack up.
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Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh Steelers QB
Pickett is the consensus favorite so far to win OROY in 2022, and it’s easy to see why. Pickett had a breakout year in his fifth season at Pitt, throwing an ACC record 42 touchdown passes.
He broke two remarkable records, including Dan Marino’s career 81 TD total at Pitt and the ACC single-season TD record of 41, previously held by Deshaun Watson of Clemson.
Pickett has good size at 6-3, 230 pounds, and displayed excellent mobility and accuracy last season.
Some analysts have criticized him as a one-year-wonder, so it will be interesting to see if he can back up his stellar season in the pros with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Drake London, Atlanta Falcons WR
London was the first wide receiver taken in the draft with the eighth overall pick by the Atlanta Falcons.
In eight games last season, London had an insane 124 targets, hauling in a ridiculous 88 receptions (11 per game) and seven touchdowns.
London has excellent size at 6-4, 215 pounds, and has often been compared to Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans.
With QB Matt Ryan now out of the picture, London will be catching balls from a likely combination of Marcus Mariota and newly drafted Desmond Ridder.
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Treylon Burks, Tennessee Titans WR
Burks’ stock dropped a bit after a poor showing at the NFL combine. However, that hasn’t stopped him from being considered a top-three candidate for OROY.
The Arkansas wide receiver had 66 receptions in his final year while racking up 1,104 yards (16.7 yards per catch) and 11 touchdowns.
Burks was taken with the 18th overall pick by the Tennessee Titans and has big shoes to fill after the departure of A.J. Brown.
Burks is an imposing wideout at 6-3, 225 pounds and has drawn comparisons (coincidentally) to Brown and Jordy Nelson.
Washington Commanders’ Best Chance
While there are always surprises, the hands-down favorite on the Commanders to have a shot at an NFL Rookie of the Year award would be Dotson.
The Commanders were in desperate need of a wide receiver, so it was no surprise they used it on Dotson with the 16th overall pick. Dotson is considered to have some of the best hands in the draft, as well as close to elite speed over the top.
The one knock on Dotson is his size. At 5-10, 178 pounds, he’s on the smaller side for a wideout. However, we’ve seen plenty of receivers overcome that challenge in the NFL. Antonio Brown and Steve Smith, anyone?
Dotson finished his final season at Penn State with 91 receptions, 1,182 yards, and 12 touchdowns.
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Past OROY Winners
2021 Ja’Marr Chase
2020 Justin Herbert
2019 Kyler Murray
2018 Saquon Barkley
2017 Alvin Kamara
2016 Dak Prescott
2015 Todd Gurley
2014 Odell Beckham Jr
2013 Eddie Lacy
2012 Robert Griffin III
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