DraftKings Releases Rookie Of The Year Awards

DraftKings Sportsbook has just released odds for the 2021-22 NFL Rookie of the Year. As expected, Trevor Lawrence leads the odds for the offensive side, while Micah Parsons leads on the defensive side. This is a loaded draft class for offensive players, where four-five quarterbacks will be breaking into a possible starting role. Parsons has been widely viewed as the higher ceiling prospect on the defensive side, but like most of the EDGE rushers, they are all still a bit raw. Overall, this will be a fun year to watch the rookie class, and while Lawrence is the favorite, some names could move ahead if Lawrence struggles.

Offensive Rookie of the Year

  • Trevor Lawrence +200
  • Zach Wilson +600
  • Justin Fields +700
  • Mac Jones +700
  • Trey Lance +700
  • Kyle Pitts +1000
  • Ja’Marr Chase +1400

There are a few things we know for certain already. Trevor Lawrence is heading to the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Zach Wilson is likely heading to the Jets. Or at least the odds tell us so at -5000. After that, things get tricky. Mac Jones is a heavy favorite to land in San Francisco based on news and odds, which would be a favorable landing spot given the offense around him. Trey Lance and Justin Fields could find themselves somewhere like Denver, Chicago, New England, Washington, or even Carolina despite them just trading for Sam Darnold. There is no guarantee that Fields or Lance land in a spot where they start year one. That would shrink this list down drastically unless they have some Justin Herbert type season, but that would require a shady doctor puncturing the starting quarterback.

Kyle Pitts and Ja’Marr Chase are the non-QB positions listed with the best odds. Landing spot matters a ton here. The most likely route for Chase is to the Dolphins or the Bengals. The landing options for Pitts range from quite a few teams, but Atlanta would be very intriguing. Devota Smith is +1600, and Jaylen Waddle is +2000. Najee Harris has the best odds among running backs at +1600. A landing spot like Pittsburgh would give him instant touches and a role to produce big numbers. Regardless, it is still going to be tough for a non-QB player to establish themselves over quarterbacks.

Defensive Rookie of the Year

  • Micah Parsons +400
  • Jeremiah Owusu-Koroamoah +700
  • Kwity Paye +900
  • Jaelan Phillips +1000
  • Patrick Surtain II +1000
  • Caleb Farley +1200

There isn’t a Chase Young style prospect in this draft to put an early auto-lock on. However, Micah Parsons is viewed as one of the best prospects in this draft. The talent is there, but the production isn’t guaranteed in year one. At +400, these are solid odds for a man of his talent, but Jeremiah Owusu-Koroamoah at +700 is the name I am watching. There is a lot of tier two corners and project edge rushers in this draft. JOK is someone who can land on an excellent team and make an impact right away. He is a playmaker and is going to be someone who can turn a game. DraftKings knows he will be a stud, given he is jumping over names that are projected to go higher than him.

Jason Guilbault has been writing and podcasting in the fantasy sports world for over five years. You can find his work at Daily Fantasy Cafe. He is an avid Tottenham fan, and follows the Boston sports teams. When he isn’t diving into stats, he is enjoying the outdoors or down at the local brewery.

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