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Who will win 2020 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year?
3rd May, 12:19The NFL welcomed hundreds of new rookies to the league during the recent 2020 draft, many of whom are going to make an immediate impact with their respective teams. The draft class was littered with talented wide receivers and a handful of top quarterbacks who could start right away, as well as a strong crop of Day 2 running backs.
Some rookies are in better situations than others, of course, which is the case every year. But which offensive players have the best chance to take home Offensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2020? We break down the candidates with odds from BetMGM sportsbook.
Offensive Rookie of the Year odds
Below are the nine favorites. Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. Odds last updated Thursday, April 30 at 1:50 p.m. ET.
Joe Burrow, QB, Cincinnati Bengals +240 Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Kansas City Chiefs +600 Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Miami Dolphins +900 D'Andre Swift, RB, Detroit Lions +1000 Jonathan Taylor, RB, Indianapolis Colts +1000 Jerry Jeudy, WR, Denver Broncos +1200 CeeDee Lamb, WR, Dallas Cowboys +1400 J.K. Dobbins, RB, Baltimore Ravens +1400 Henry Ruggs III, WR Las Vegas Raiders + 1800
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Best bet: Joe Burrow +240
Burrow not only plays the most important position in sports, but he's also in position to start right away. The Bengals are starved for a franchise quarterback and just released Andy Dalton Thursday, clearing the path for Burrow to start in Week 1. The 2019 Heisman Trophy winner has the makings of a star, and his accuracy at LSU should translate to the NFL.
Burrow should have a successful rookie year and considering a quarterback has won this award five times in the last 10 years, he has a great chance to continue that trend. He'll have a decent supporting cast, too, with WRs A.J. Green, Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd and John Ross, along with RB Joe Mixon all on offense.
Value play: Clyde Edwards-Helaire +600
It might seem unwise to bet on a running back who plays for a team that has Patrick Mahomes at quarterback, but Edwards-Helaire is the perfect RB for the Chiefs offense. He's an excellent receiver and has Andy Reid as his coach. Reid will find ways to get Edwards-Helaire the ball in the passing game, whether it's on designed screens or angle routes out of the backfield.
Edwards-Helaire will be a versatile back for Kansas City and could approach 1,000 rushing yards, given the lack of competition in the Chiefs backfield. He'll get a chance to contribute early and will rack up yards from scrimmage to take some of the pressure off of Mahomes.
Long shot pick: Jonathan Taylor +1000
Taylor plays a position that has won the second-most Offensive Rookie of the Year awards since 2000 with four. Even though RB Marlon Mack is still in Indianapolis, Taylor is exactly the type of back the Colts need behind QB Philip Rivers. Taylor can be a workhorse who carries the ball 20 times a game, because that's exactly what he did at Wisconsin.
Taylor is also a good enough receiver to catch at least 30 or so passes, which will increase his value. If Mack misses time again, as he has in the past, Taylor's value rises immensely. He's a great pick at +1000.
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