With the conclusion of the NFL Draft in late April, each prospect selected has found their new home, and teams eager to select their future contributors are now working to get them under contract for the 2023 season.
Immediately following each NFL Draft year the question instantly turns to which prospect is going to rise to the top and claim the hardware and title of “rookie of the year.”
The NFL rewards two rookies each year on the offensive and defensive sides of the football who make their grand entrance into the NFL with outstanding contributions. Who are the favorites to take home each award in 2023?
Today the focus will be on the offensive side of the ball. Here are the three NFL betting odds on favorites to take home the hardware.
Taken by the Atlanta Falcons with the eighth overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, Bijan Robinson is a dynamic presence out of the backfield.
The star running back put up prolific numbers at the collegiate level highlighted by a standout 2022 season that saw him record 258 carries for 1,580 yards (6.1 yards per carry), and 18 touchdowns on the ground to go along with 314 receiving yards and two more scores per Sports Reference. For his efforts, Robinson was a unanimous All-American and took home the award for the nation’s best collegiate running back.
With the Falcons running back room currently comprised of versatile veteran Cordarelle Patterson and 2022 fifth-rounder Tyler Algier, Robinson is expected to see a large role out of Atlanta’s backfield from the jump.
Due to these reasons Robinson currently holds the highest odds to take home the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award, with odds of +250 and +300 according to FanDuel and DraftKings Sportsbooks.
The first overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft courtesy of the Carolina Panthers, former Alabama signal caller Bryce Young was one of three quarterbacks selected within the top five.
Young compiled prolific stats in his three-year tenure with the Crimson Tide, completing 65.8% of his passes for 8,356 yards and 80 touchdowns to only 12 interceptions per Sports Reference.
Though small in stature with a listed height of 5’10” per NFL.com, the 21-year-old former Heisman Trophy winner brings a proven collegiate track record and success in a pro-style offense to his new NFL club, making him a suitable candidate to be a productive day-one starter in the league.
The oddsmakers at FanDuel and DraftKings certainly think he’ll be pro-ready, giving Young the second-highest odds to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year award, with odds of +430 and +500 respectively.
After wowing scouts at the NFL Combine with his physical gifts and rocket of an arm, the Indianapolis Colts opted to make former University of Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson the fourth overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.
Largely regarded as a project at the NFL level according to many analysts and experts, questions arise about the viability that Richardson can make an impact from day one with his NFL club.
Even the collegiate stats are nothing to write home about, with Richardson’s 2022 season being by far the most productive, accumulating 2,549 passing yards and 17 touchdowns with nine interceptions while only completing 53.8% of his passes in 12 games per Sports Reference.
The lack of accuracy and rawness as a passer makes Richardson a true developmental project. Despite this, FanDuel and DraftKings Sportsbooks are highly confident that the first year of Richardson’s pro career will silence any doubts about his ability to produce at the NFL level, holding the third highest odds to take home the Offensive Rookie of the Year award, with odds of +600 and +700 respectively.