Odds are out for the 2020 AP Offensive Rookie of the Year Award. We have narrowed it down to our best four picks which if you bet each equally, you'll be in a great position to make a profit at the betting window.
Taking a wide receiver to win the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year award could be viewed as a risky wager since there have been only 3 of them to win the award since 2000. However, motivation is a key factor that we look at when we handicap a situation and CeeDee has plenty of it going into his rookie year. Many experts had him as the first wide receiver off the board in this year's draft but he ended up being selected behind both Alabama wide outs, Henry Rugs III and Jerry Jeudy. Lamb wasn’t happy about falling all the way to the 17th pick, however, he's going to find out that landing in Dallas is a blessing.
The Cowboy’s offense is stacked with Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, and Michael Gallup. In 2019, they ranked first in yards per game and sixth in points scored. Now you add a rookie receiver to the mix who many draft experts referred to as the most explosive wide receiver in college football last year. He’ll have an opportunity to be productive right away as he'll be facing single coverage against defenses that will be focusing on Cooper and Gallup.
Take CeeDee at +1800 Odds
*$100 Bet Wins $1800
Scouts at the NFL combine agreed that Jonathon Taylor was the best running back prospect in the 2020 draft. Draft expert Jordan Reid from The Draft Network said this about him,
“There wasn’t a better player in college football history who racked up more yards and awards than Taylor…He has the potential to step in right away and become an instant impact contributor.”
There's a strong possibility that he'll have an instant impact in Indianapolis as he might be the starting running back on the Colt’s depth chart when week one starts. Marlon Mack will be the rookie’s only competition. According to Pro Football Focus, Mack was one of the worst blocking and pass catching running backs in 2019. He’s also notorious for fumbling which coach Frank Reich won’t put up with much longer. If Taylor can secure the starting role, he’ll be running behind one of the league’s best offensive lines too. This could lead to HUGE numbers and maybe even an OROY award.
Take Jonathon Taylor at +1000 Odds
*$100 Bet Wins $1000
We are making this move purely based on the payout. Justin Herbert's odds to win OROY are +1600 while Joe Burrow’s are +215 and Tua’s are +700. The 16:1 odds are a steal for a quarterback since 9 out of the last 20 recipients have been quarterbacks. Then, if you look at the offenses surrounding these new rookie quarterbacks, the Chargers easily have the best weapons that are ready to win now. The only person that is standing in the way of Herbert being handed the keys to this high-powered Chargers offense is Tyrod Taylor. Does anyone really think TYROD TAYLOR can hold a starting job all year? Nope. We give him 2 weeks before he’s benched and the Herbert era begins in LA.
Take Herbert at +1600 odds
*$100 Bet Wins $1600
Clyde Edwards-Helaire is our best bet for 2020 OROY. He was basically drafted by Patrick Mahomes himself so we know he'll have a role with Kansas City’s offense right away. He'll be a week one starter for an offense that has finished top five in scoring each of the past two seasons. The Chief's Head Coach, Andy Reid, even said he'll be "unleashed in our offense" and referred to him as a better version of Brian Westbrook.
Edwards-Helaire is the only running back in SEC history to rush for 1,000 yards while also catching 50-plus passes. Scouts at the combine referred to him as the best route-running back to enter the league since 2017. If he can carryover his 3-down production to the NFL, then he'll be a lock for the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year Award.
Take Edwards-Helaire at +550 odds
*100 Bet Wins $550