NFL Betting: 2021 Offensive Rookie of the Year Candidates to Wager On

Posted by Derrick Harper on September 1, 2021 in

With the start of the NFL regular season just a few days away, there’s excitement about the upcoming season. The NFL Draft has become almost as big as the season these days. In looking at this year’s rookie class, there are a lot of players that could walk away with the Rookie of the Year award. 

With quarterbacks being taken with the first three selections in the 2021 Draft, and two of them already being named their team’s starter, they have a great shot at taking home the ROY award. Let’s take a look at some of the top candidates to win the 2021 NFL Rookie of the Year award so you can plan your bets against the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year odds.

NFL Rookie of the Year Candidates 

Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars

The first selection in this year’s draft was one of the most-hyped quarterback prospects in history. Many draft experts compared him to Andrew Luck. Lawrence had a great game in Jacksonville’s last preseason contest. Jacksonville’s offensive line could be an issue, but Jacksonville went out and got Lawrence some weapons, so we’ll see how he handles the situation.

Zach Wilson, New York Jets

Wilson burst onto the scene in a big way this season. Prior to last year’s college football season, there was very little talk about him. After a great year at BYU, he rocketed up the draft board. He has played well throughout the preseason, so we’re looking for big things from him this season.

Kyle Pitts, Atlanta Falcons

Pitts was highly sought after in the draft. Pitts is a tight end, but the Falcons plan on splitting him out wide a lot of the time. He’s very athletic, and some are even saying that he plays a lot like Calvin Johnson. The Falcons will be behind in a lot of games, so look for Matt Ryan to throw a lot of passes in Pitts’ direction.

Najee Harris, Pittsburgh Steelers

The running back was the first-round selection of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He is going to be the lead back in their offense. With an aging Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback, Harris figures to see a lot of work. Harris can also catch passes out of the backfield, so he’ll see a ton of action.

Ja’Marr Chase, Cincinnati Bengals

While the safe pick would’ve been to select an offensive lineman to protect Joe Burrow, the Bengals decided to give Burrow another weapon and drafted his former LSU teammate in the wide receiver Chase. Although Chase has struggled in the preseason, he figures to be Burrow’s top target throughout the regular season. 

Justin Fields, Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears haven’t had a franchise quarterback in years. They’re hoping that Fields can fill that role. After trading up to get Fields in the draft, he has been impressive throughout the preseason. Although head coach Matt Nagy has named Andy Dalton as his starting quarterback, many are predicting that it won’t be long before Fields takes over. He is very athletic and has made some outstanding plays in the preseason. If Fields can get on the field early in the season, he’ll be a great candidate to win the Rookie of the Year award.