Jun. 09, 2020
Who's got the Best Chance for Offensive Rookie of the Year?
The 2020 NFL season is quickly approaching. The start of the season means the start of a dream for many of the rookies selected in the 2020 NFL Draft. One of the best accomplishments you can achieve as a rookie is the Offensive Rookie of the Year award. This article will look at the players with the best chance to win the award.
Best Bet: QB Joe Burrow
There's no doubt Joe Burrow has the best odds of winning Offensive Rookie of the Year. Burrow is coming off a historic college football season. The biggest roadblock standing in his way is the offensive line. If the offensive line can't keep him upright the 2020 NFL season will be a struggle for Burrow. I think Burrow is the real deal, but the lack of talent on offense could hurt his numbers.
Contenders: QB Tua Tagovailoa, RB Clyde Edwards Helaire, RB Jonathan Taylor
Tua Tagovailo's race for Offensive Rookie of the Year will depend on his health. If healthy, Tua should start week one. If he's unable to go, he's unlikely to win the award. Tua could put up the numbers to compete with Burrow but missing multiple weeks of the season gives him lower odds.
You might think quarterbacks dominate the Offensive Rookie of the Year award, but in the past few years, running backs hold that honor. Clyde Edwards Helaire and Jonathan Taylor are my favorite running backs from the draft. Not only will both get a majority of snaps, but they'll both be on playoff teams. The Chiefs and Colts are both set to be playoff contenders. The Chiefs, in particular, are Super Bowl favorites. I expect both backs to be involved in the passing game as well as the running game. Team success and being involved in a potent offense will help Helaire and Taylor put up monster stats.
Sleepers: QB Justin Herbert, WR Justin Jefferson, WR Jalen Reagor
I think Tyrod Taylor ends up starting at quarterback week one for the Chargers. Eventually, Justin Herbert will take over, but by then the other rookies will be far ahead statistically. Herbert needs to win the starting job to have a real shot at this. The reason Herbert makes the list at all is because of the caliber of weapons around him. Herbert has better weapons than Burrow and Tua.
In a stacked wide receiver draft class, Justin Jefferson and Jalen Reagor are two of my favorites. Both fly under the radar when looking for Offensive Rookie of the Year candidates. Jefferson will be a number two wideout on an offense that loves to throw the ball. Being the best route runner in the class will help Jefferson contribute right away. Reagor sticks out for some of the same reasons. The Eagles are a team that likes to throw the ball, but they lacked weapons last season. Yes, the Eagles suffered injuries, but both Alshon Jeffery and Desean Jackson are getting older and less productive. The lack of weapons will allow for Reagor to have a big role in year one. If Reagor can get on the same page with Carson Wentz, then you better watch out.
Who's your favorite for Offensive Rookie of the Year?