As we get closer to the NFL season, a big part of the storylines is what rookies will grab headlines. All eyes are on QB Trevor Lawrence.
According to many, he is the best prospect since Andrew Luck or Peyton Manning.
But Lawrence isn’t the only prospect to watch; this is a stacked class. As NFL fans and bettors, watching new stars rise is always great.
Betting on who gets the coveted Rookie of the Year award in both offense and defense is a big way to connect with the new breed and win money in the process.
Let’s see what the NFL odds say.
Trevor Lawrence, QB, Jaguars – When you are compared to Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck, it means you are special. Since his debut season in college, he was a certified future no.1 overall pick.
He will play for Jacksonville, alongside his Clemson RB Travis Etienne. Coaching him is the college legend Urban Meyer. He has suitable weapons and lots of eyes on him. He should shine brightly from the get-go.
Zach Wilson, QB, Jets – Compared to Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers of all people, Wilson is the new face of the Jets, who enter a new era. Of course, those comparisons are a bit of a reach for a rookie, but that’s how Wilson is perceived in New York.
He will have new weapons and a good Offensive Coordinator like Mike LaFleur. The Jets also got him good protection. He is an intriguing candidate.
Najee Harris, RB, Steelers – The worst rushing offense in football has a change of guard in the backfield. The Steelers will delegate all the rushing action to Najee Harris. A smart, patient, and explosive running back that has all the potential to shine.
The lack of quality in Pittsburgh’s offensive line is a concern, but Harris’ talent is way too much. He should have a great rookie season.
Justin Fields, QB, Bears – The only reason Justin Fields is not in the favorites category is that he won’t be playing as QB1. According to the Bears camp, Andy Dalton is still on pace to start for Chicago.
Draw your own conclusions at that one. However, it seems like it’s a matter of “when” not “if” Justin Fields will become the Bears’ starting QB.
Kyle Pitts, TE, Falcons – Many regard Pitts as a generational talent. An old coach called him a “unicorn” due to his unique set of abilities.
He will thrive in an offense commanded by the brilliant Arthur Smith as Head Coach. Also, Atlanta is a pass-happy offense, so Pitts should get a lot of shine.
JaMarr Chase, WR, Bengals – Reunited with his LSU QB, Joe Burrow, Chase destiny’s looks like a big one. He had 1,780 yards and 20 TDs in his last season with Burrow. Their chemistry was on a different scale.
You can expect that connection to reignite this season and for Chase to put in a stellar rookie season.
Jaylen Waddle, WR, Dolphins – Another wideout that is back with his college QB. Waddle and Tua shared the gridiron back in Alabama. Tua lacked confidence last year, so having his wideout back will boost his production.
Yes, the Dolphins may have some big weapons. However, WRs like Will Fuller, Preston Williams, and DeVante Parker all struggle to remain healthy. This puts Waddle in a spot to shine.
Micah Parsons, LB, Cowboys – Dallas was in desperate need to cover their LB core, and Micah Parsons is a beast. He should be starting immediately for the Cowboys and giving his fair share of plays to impact the game.
Kwity Paye, EDGE, Colts – If you get to the Colts, you enter a rich situation for your career. This is a team with no needs and who is on the verge of becoming Super Bowl contenders.
Paye will bring his explosiveness and edge-rushing ability. Sharing the defensive duties with guys like Darius Leonard or DeForest Buckner is helpful. Oh, and he plays in the AFC South, where all the rival offensive lines are struggling.
Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Dolphins – Phillips also enters a good situation. Miami’s defense was top-tier last year and is a really talented core. They didn’t have a certified pass rusher and still landed top-10 in sacks. Phillips can be that difference-maker.
Patrick Surtain II, CB, Broncos – Patrick Surtain is in a weird spot. For one, he has a defensive-minded coach and elite teammates. On the other side, he faces Patrick Mahomes, Justin Herbert, and Derek Carr in six games.
He is projected to be the best CB in this class, so his talent should be on display, but he also faces big QBs.
Jamin Davis, LB, WFT – Jamin Davis is the last force to join an already elite defensive front. Washington had a top-5 sack defense and drafted last year’s DROY in Chase Young.
It is a situation where there is so much talent, and the opponents can focus on all of them. Jamin Davis will thrive if overlooked. Washington is a sleeper team, and Davis is a sleeper bet to become DROY.