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NFL Rookie of the Year Candidates
Updated: September 2017

 

 

2017 NFL Rookie of the Year Candidates
below odds are provided by Bovada Sports

 

Leonard Fournette +450
Christian McCaffrey +550
DeShaun Watson +550
Corey Davis +1000
Dalvin Cook +1200
Mike Williams +1200
Joe Mixon +1200

 

Bovada odds Updated: September 2017


 

There are plenty of quality rookies in preseason training camps right now. Come January, one will be named Offensive Rookie of the Year and another will earn the defensive award. If you’re looking for a sure bet, the offensive ROTY will likely be a running back. On the defensive side of the ball, there were several quality pass rushers taken as well as a number of defensive backs. Here’s a look at the favorites to win the award.

 

Offensive Rookie of the Year


The comparisons between Jacksonville’s Leonard Fournette and Dallas’s Ezekiel Elliott are many. Elliott, who led the NFL in rushing last season, was the fourth pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Fournette was the fourth pick this year. While Fournette will not have the luxury of a similar offensive line, he will surely get the opportunity to carry the ball plenty in 2017. That will give him at least a shot at the ROTY award.

 

Both Dalvin Cook and Christian McCaffrey bring incredible versatility to their new NFL teams. Both are capable receivers in addition to having great feet and vision. Cook steps into the role vacated by Adrian Peterson and he may have a better shot than McCaffrey at putting up some serious numbers. McCaffrey, who will play with QB Cam Newton in Carolina, might be more dangerous as a receiver and as a return specialist. Remember, the Panthers still have Jonathan Stewart in the backfield.

 

If a running back doesn’t win the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year, it’s likely that a receiver will. Former Clemson WR Mike Williams has size (6-foot-4) and speed (4.49) and will pair with QB Philip Rivers to form a deadly combination in San Diego. Rivers likes to spreads the ball around though, so he may not have the numbers needed to win the award t end of the season.

 

Defensive Rookie of the Year


On the other side of the ball, candidates begin with No. 1 draft pick Myles Garrett. The Cleveland DE has one of the quickest first steps off the ball ever and his freaky athleticism may allow him to collect eye-popping sack numbers as a rookie. The problem for Garrett, of course, is that he does play for the Browns.

 

Derek Barnett is another outstanding pass rusher who was drafted by Philadelphia. Barnett broke Hall of Famer Reggie White’s Tennessee sack record. While lacking the athletic ability of Garrett, Barnett is a much more polished pass rusher who should excel at the NFL level.

A ton of talent was drafted into defensive backfields throughout the NFL. Former Ohio State safety Malik Hooker is a one-of-a-kind talent. He has tremendous speed, but will he remain healthy? The New York Jets opted for LSU’s Jamal Adams a safety who is equally good versus the run or pass. Adams is also an uncanny leader who should start for the Jets from Day 1.



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