The top two picks in last week’s NFL Draft are the top betting favorites to win the NFL’s two rookie of the year awards in the season ahead at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
The Cincinnati Bengals selected LSU quarterback Joe Burrow with the first pick of the 2020 NFL Draft, and he’s listed as the +225 favorite on the Offensive Rookie of the Year odds at sportsbooks. Burrow is expected to take over as the Bengals’ starting quarterback this season, replacing veteran Andy Dalton who may or may not return as the team’s backup.
LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire was taken with the last pick of the first round at the draft by the Kansas City Chiefs, but he’s second at +575 at sports betting sites to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year award. Edwards-Helaire has a chance to put up big numbers in the season ahead as part of the Chiefs’ offensive juggernaut that just won the Super Bowl.
Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, taken fifth overall in the draft by the Miami Dolphins, is then at +750 on that betting board, while Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert, taken sixth overall in the draft by the Los Angeles Chargers, is farther back at +2200 on that list.
Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor and Detroit Lions running back D’Andre Swift, both selected in the second round of the draft, are at +900 and +1200, respectively, on those NFL odds. Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy, selected with the No. 15 pick out of Alabama, rounds out the top Offensive Rookie of the Year contenders at +1600 odds.
On the other side of the ball, Ohio State defensive end Chase Young was selected with the second overall pick in the draft by the Washington Redskins and he’s the clear +200 betting favorite on the Defensive Rookie of the Year odds board at the sportsbooks for this season. Young is expected to have an immediate impact for a team that won three games last year.
Young is followed on those betting lines by Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons, who was selected eighth overall at the draft by the Arizona Cardinals and sits at +450 odds. LSU linebacker Patrick Queen, taken with the No. 28 selection by the Baltimore Ravens, is at +900 odds, while Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah rounds out the top of the board at +1200. Okudah followed college teammate Young as the third overall draft pick by the Detroit Lions.