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NFL Rookie of the Year Odds 2017


NFL ROTY Odds 2017

Since 1967, the associated press’ rookie of the year award has gone to the running back position 33 times. This season could very well become the 34th time as at least five highly praised rookie running backs are ready to take the NFL by storm. The rookie class isn’t completely dominated by running backs as several quarterbacks and wide receivers are expected to get plenty of opportunity in 2017.

The incoming rookie class is always one of the most exciting aspects of an NFL season. It represents the next athlete to become a household name. The race to see who will win the rookie of the year in 2017 will be highly contested. Everyone has their dog in the fight and most NFL sportsbook sites would convey just how close some of these players are. Here are some of the names that could be crowned rookie of the year by seasons end.

Before we jump into this article, for those curious, here is a list of all previous NFL rookie of the year winners plus the winners for defensive rookie of the year. The NFL awards one for offense and defense every year. Of the two winners, one is dubbed the top overall consensus rookie of the year winner.

NFL Rookie Odds 2017
Leonard Fournette
5.5 to 1
Christian McCaffrey
6 to 1
DeShone Kizer
6 to 1
Dalvin Cook
8 to 1
Deshaun Watson
8 to 1
Kareem Hunt
10 to 1
Corey Davis
12 to 1
Mike Williams
13 to 1
Joe Mixon
15 to 1
John Ross
15 to 1
O.J Howard
15 to 1
Evan Engram
17 to 1
Jamaal Williams
17 to 1
Kenny Golladay
17 to 1
Mitch Trubisky
17 to 1
Curtis Samuel
26 to 1
Zay Jones
26 to 1
David Njkou
29 to 1
Patrick Mahomes III
29 to 1
Samaje Perine
29 to 1
Alvin Kamara
34 to 1
JuJu Smith-Schuster
34 to 1
Donnel Pumphrey
81 to 1

Kareem Hunt

Kansas City Chiefs

[the_ad id=”72106″]Kareem Hunt was probably one of the least talked about rookie running backs following the NFL draft. Fast forward to present time and with just a handful of days left before the regular season, Hunt is now one of the most discussed rookie backs. His rise to relevancy is due to Spencer Ware tearing his PCL and LCL during the Chiefs preseason game against the Seahawks. Hunt now finds himself thrust into an Andy Reid offense that is known for making stars out of the running back position. Duce Staley, Brian Westbrook, LeSean McCoy, and Jamaal Charles are all names that have thrived in this style of offense. Hunt has the potential to fit right in and his time at Toledo is proof of that. During his final three seasons at the collegiate level, Hunt would score 38 touchdowns and average over 1,300 yards rushing. His patience in letting blocks develop along with his fantastic footwork is something that will most definitely play to his advantage. His odds will never be better than they are right now.

Zay Jones

Buffalo Bills

It has been an interesting time to be a rookie wide receiver in Buffalo. Zay Jones, the rookie out of East Carolina was drafted in the second round of the NFL draft. At that time Jones was expected to play behind a returning Sammy Watkins. Somewhere between the draft and now, the Bills would sign Anquan Boldin, trade Watkins to Los Angeles, and then have Boldin surprisingly retire. Through the peaks and valleys that have been the Buffalo Bills off-season, Zay Jones has quietly risen towards the top of the depth chart. Jones is a big bodied receiver with breakaway speed and if you watch his college tape, he shows an ability to run just about any route that you need. Newly acquired Jordan Matthews will likely be paired with the number cornerback from opposing defenses and that will allow for Jones to make a case for offensive rookie of the year.

Corey Davis

Tenessee Titans

The former Western Michigan wide receiver has had a start to his NFL career that would resemble one of the NFL’s biggest stars today. Both Corey Davis and Odell Beckham were first round selections and both spent their training camps dealing with hamstring issues. While Corey Davis is about to embark on his first NFL season, Odell Beckham would capture the hearts of football fans on his way to NFL rookie of the year honors. Make no mistake, Davis is not an interesting option based on comparisons alone. The first wide receiver selected in the 2017 NFL draft, Davis was an absolute nightmare for defensive backs in college. His 15.9 yards per reception at the college level had Titans scouts thinking big. He now represents the most athletically gifted pass catcher that Mariota has seen during his time as a pro. When there is a highlight play to be made in Tennessee, Davis will be there.

Christian McCaffrey

Carolina Panthers

Christian McCaffreyIt has become virtually impossible to discuss the 2017 rookie class without mentioning Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey. The Stanford back would gain dozens of fans with each big play and it has been no different early on in the pros. Every time McCaffrey touched the ball in the preseason, supporters and critics wanted to know how the play would end up. His 1,603 rushing yards off of just 253 carries during his senior year in college would suggest that he is perfectly capable of giving the Panthers the spark that they pine for. The argument has been made that Carolina was a bad landing spot for McCaffrey. Their offensive philosophy is not made to best showcase his abilities. One would have to imagine though that a game breaking player such as this could rewrite an offensive philosophy. Expect McCaffrey to get plenty of touches as the Panthers are desperate to keep Cam Newton upright. The trendy thing throughout this NFL season will be to ride the hype train that is Christian McCaffrey. All McCaffrey has to do is give the associated press a reason and they’ll find a way to make him the rookie of the year.

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