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NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year odds, pick

The Action Network’s Michael Arinze shares how to bet the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award

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Action Network Use Only - LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 28: Chris Olave poses onstage after being selected 11th by the New Orleans Saints during round one of the 2022 NFL Draft on April 28, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)Read moreDavid Becker / Getty Images

While some might deride the NFL’s preseason, it can help to provide valuable insights if you plan to add some futures to your betting portfolio.

For example, one market that the preseason can be particularly helpful with is determining the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Rookie quarterbacks that impress enough to win the starting job can certainly have a leg up on the competition.

However, if it’s unlikely that there will be any rookie starters under center, we can turn our attention to one of the other skill positions, such as running back or wide receiver.

We’ll look at how each position group has fared historically and highlight a player I think offers the best value in the current marketplace.

Odds provided by FanDuel

  1. Kenny Pickett +900

  2. George Pickens +900

  3. Chris Olave +1000

  4. Skyy Moore +1200

  5. Breece Hall +1200

  6. Romeo Doubs +1400

  7. Drake London +1400

  8. Treylon Burks +1400

  9. Dameon Pierce +1600

  10. Christian Watson +1600

  11. Jalen Tolbert +1600

  12. Brian Robinson Jr +2000

  13. James Cook +2000

  14. Garrett Wilson +2000

  15. David Bell +2000

  16. Jahan Dotson +2500

  17. Desmond Ridder +2500

  18. Isiah Pacheco +2500

  19. Kenneth Walker +3000

  20. Alec Pierce +4000

  21. Jameson Williams +4000

  22. Wan’Dale Robinson +5000

  23. Isaiah Spiller +5000

  24. Malik Willis +5000

  25. Zamir White +5000

  26. Kyle Philips +5000

  27. Kyren Williams +6000

  28. Isaiah Likely +6000

  29. Tyrion Davis-Price +6000

  30. Sam Howell +7500

  31. Tyler Allgeier +7500

  32. Trey McBride +7500

  33. Rachaad White +7500

  34. Tyquan Thornton +7500

  35. Velus Jones +7500

  36. Jerome Ford +10000

  37. Calvin Austin +10000

  38. Pierre Strong Jr +10000

  39. Khalil Shakir +10000

  40. Lance McCutcheon +18000

  41. Tyler Goodson +20000

  42. Carson Strong +20000

  43. Hassan Haskins +20000

  44. Dontario Drummond +20000

  45. Jalen Wydermyer +20000

  46. Bailey Zappe +20000

  47. Cade Otton +20000

  48. Jeremy Ruckert +20000

  49. Ty Chandler +20000

  50. Zonovan Knight +20000

  51. ZaQuandre White +20000

  52. Jerrion Ealy +20000

  53. Jack Coan +20000

Which position group is the 2022 award winner most likely to come from?

The NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award began following the 1967 season. Detroit Lions running back Mel Farr was the inaugural winner. Since then, a total of 33 running backs have won the award—the most among any position group.

However, over the past 20 years, as the mindset on starting rookie signal callers began to change, we’ve seen nine quarterbacks win the award after only one previous winner between 1967 and 2003.

The 2022 NFL Draft didn’t necessarily have the best crop of talent at the quarterback, as the first one off the board wasn’t until the 20th pick. The following three quarterbacks weren’t even selected until the third round.

In addition, while Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Strong from Nevada is listed at 200-to-1 odds to win the award, the UDFA pickup currently battling to just be on the roster, behind starting quarterback Jalen Hurts, Gardner Minshew and Reid Sinnett.

As things stand, Kenny Pickett is the only quarterback still batting for a starting job, but I don’t think Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is ready to hand him the reins just yet.

And since no lineman or tight end has ever won Offensive Rookie of the Year, I think you have to look at another skill position.

If we start with the running backs, New York Giants’ Saquon Barkley was the last to win from his position in 2018.

The Penn State product had 210 more carries than anyone on his team, yet now, most teams are concerned with giving their backs such a heavy workload.

That leaves us with the wide receiver position, and that’s where I think we’ll find our winner for the 2022 season.

Olave offers value with Saints at receiver

At wide receiver, the physical demands are much less than at running back, which increases their chances of playing an entire season.

When I look at the board, I’m looking for a transformational player who could immediately walk into a huddle and have a presence.

New Orleans Saints receiver Chris Olave is that player for me because I’m not sure what to expect from Michael Thomas with his recent injury history.

The newly acquired Jarvis Landry was also banged up last season, and he’s quickly approaching the wrong side of 30.

I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that one or both of these players could miss time with the Saints this season.

Of all the wide receivers taken, I think Olave is partnered with the best quarterback of the group in Jameis Winston.

I like what I see with Olave on tape and in his scouting report.

He brings tremendous big-game experience from Ohio State, so the moment won’t be too big for him down in New Orleans.

He’s also a tremendous competitor once the ball’s up in the air, which could be vital for Winston, who can be a bit erratic with his throws from time to time.

I think Olave is well worth a look at 10-to-1 odds.

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