For example, you might think you like Dwayne Haskins at +650, but I bet you’d like him even better at +800.
I’ll discuss the guys who I believe will be vying for the trophies, but I’d like to first introduce pricing.
2019 NFL ROY Odds
2019 Offensive Rookie of the Year Award Odds
Kyler Murray is arguably in the best position to succeed, as Kliff Kingsbury handed the keys of the Arizona offense over to Murray the moment Kyler stepped foot in the building.
Murray not only tops MyBookie’s betting sheet for this year’s OROY award, but he’s the heavy, heavy favorite.
Kyler Murray +175
N’Keal Harry +1600
D.K. Metcalf +2200
Irv Smith Jr.+5000
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2019 Defensive Rookie of the Year Award Odds
Now let’s look at the other side of the football and check in on who is expected to compete for the 2019 DROY award.
Clelin Ferrell +1200
Darnell Savage Jr. +2500
Lonnie Johnson Jr.+5000
Trysten Hill +5000
Dexter Lawrence +5000
Joejuan Williams +5000
Ben Banogu +6000
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Notice that the top of this list is much more crowded compared to the one displaying the offensive rookies. Here, the top six candidates are separated by a fairly slim margin, and the hardware appears to be truly up for grabs.
I’ll highlight some interesting storylines to follow before concluding with my ultimate predictions.
Will Marquise Brown Be the Best Rookie WR?
Baltimore knew they needed to draft a highly skilled wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft. Pairing Lamar Jackson with a speedy target on the outside was an absolute must, and it looks like the Ravens front office accomplished their goal at pick #25.
Marquise Brown arrives in Charm City full of talent, and I promise you he didn’t earn the nickname “Hollywood” by being complacent on the football field. The former Oklahoma Sooner averaged 18.3 yards per catch during two seasons in Norman, and he’s already elevated himself to the top of Baltimore’s WR depth chart.
He may not end up being the most productive first-year wideout, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find any as explosive.
4 Other Rookie WRs Who Could Blossom Quickly
Will We See Daniel Jones or Drew Lock First?
The better question that will precede this inquiry is who is going to break first — Eli Manning or Joe Flacco?
New York made no bones about how high they were on Daniel Jones when they selected the Duke QB with the 6th pick in April’s draft, so it’s hard to imagine the plan is for him to hold the clipboard on the sidelines for all 16 regular-season games.
On the flip side, Pat Shurmur now seems intent on having Eli start the year under center, despite proclaiming that there would be an open competition at quarterback and that the best man would win the job.
Over in Denver, John Elway is hoping that having an experienced veteran like Joe Flacco in the huddle is going to help take his franchise to the next level. Personally, I don’t think that theory can be any further from the truth.
If Elway thinks inserting Flacco into the lineup suddenly makes this squad a playoff contender, he’s even more off-base than when he thought Vance Joseph would be a successful head coach in the National Football League.
Flacco’s leash may be a bit longer than Manning’s is in the Big Apple, but the decline of Joe’s game is going to continue rearing its ugly head.
I predict Daniel and Drew will both see the field in 2019, but I’ll speculate and say that Lock will be the one who gets the first crack.
Bush or White? Which “Devin” Is Primed for a Bigger Year?
It’s just a coincidence that the top-two inside linebackers in the 2019 rookie class happen to share the same first name. But I can assure you it would be no fluke if these two athletic specimens wound up duking it out for the 2019 DROY award.
Devin White won the Butkus Award and was chosen fifth overall, while Devin Bush turned heads at Michigan before coming off the board at #10 to the Steelers.
Bruce Arians was delighted to see Tampa Bay nab White in the draft, as the Buccs head coach has extolled the former LSU linebacker in front of the media. Arians even sounded giddy when talking about Devin White’s appetite for the game.
“He’s come in; he’s so mature. You know, and he’s in great condition. He’s extremely bright. He loves it. You know, you get these guys once in a lifetime. They all got physical skills, but they don’t love it. I mean, they wouldn’t do it for free. This cat would do it for free as long as he can ride his horses.”
As for Devin Bush in Pittsburgh, Mike Tomlin’s biggest question mark heading into the upcoming year was having a leader on defense who could be relied upon to make big plays. Throwing Bush into the fire alongside T.J. Watt gives the Steelers the dependability they were seeking in the middle level.
Pittsburgh GM Kevin Colbert traded up from #20 to #10 specifically to target Devin Bush, and my guess is they make him a star right away. I suspect he has a huge year for the black and yellow, but my hunch is that Devin White has an even bigger year on the west coast of Florida.
Who Are Some DROY Sleepers?
Last year, we saw Chris Ballard draft Quenton Nelson and Darius Leonard with his first two picks, and it’s safe to say that turned out pretty darn well. Both men were honored not just as members of the 2018 All-Rookie Team but were also recognized as First-Team All-Pros.
Fast forward to this season, and Ballard is back at it again.
Indy plucked Rock Ya-Sin and Ben Banogu off the board on day two of the draft. Look out for both defenders to make some noise in the DROY conversation.
Juan Thornhill is going to learn under Tyrann Mathieu’s wing in Kansas City, and I like the safety out of Virginia quite a bit down at +4500. Keep in mind that Thornhill is currently sitting at +2500 and +2800 at a couple of noteworthy NFL sportsbooks online.
I’ll toss one more name out that you should keep an eye on, and that’s Trayvon Mullen in Oakland. The
Raiders made waves by selecting Clelin Ferrell with the 4th pick before drafting Josh Jacobs and Johnathan Abram later on in round one.
Nonetheless, I look at Trayvon Mullen as the Oakland rookie who is in line to have the biggest impact in 2019. The cornerback has been getting ready for the speed of the NFL by guarding Antonio Brown in practice, and I’m sensing his game is going to surprise a lot of folks around the league.
My 2019 NFL Rookie of the Year Picks
Now, it’s time to make my official picks.
2019 Offensive Rookie of the Year Award Pick
With so many viable choices, it’s hard to narrow it down to one. Then again, if David Montgomery takes off like I project he will, the Bears RB could wind up running away with the award.
With Jordan Howard out of the picture and Tarik Cohen relegated to a role on passing downs only, Montgomery has the chance to carry the ball 18+ times per game and be a workhorse for Matt Nagy’s offense.
A green light like that could very easily translate into 1,200+ rushing yards and a handful of touchdowns for the kid out of Iowa State.
2019 Defensive Rookie of the Year Award Pick
My gut tells me that Rock Ya-Sin is going to have a massive year in Indianapolis, and I see him as being one of the reasons why the Colts will have no qualms ripping through the AFC South Division.
At the same time, it’s hard not to be impressed with how Ed Oliver has looked at the Buffalo Bills training camp. Things didn’t end according to plan at the University of Houston, but his time as a Cougar is now behind him. Oliver will be lining up in the trenches for Buffalo, and he will be ready to wreak some havoc.
And ready for the best part about investing in Ed Oliver to win the Defensive Rookie of the Year award?
While Ed can be backed at +800 and +1000, Bovada.lv is letting us latch on at +1600. My suggestion is for you to drop what you are doing right now and lock that price in.