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Futures Odds For Offensive Rookie Of The Year


This year’s NFL rookie class, on paper, has the potential to be one of the best. Each quarterback is as decorated as the one next to him. Together, they have a collection of National Championships, quarterback awards, record-setting seasons, and talent both through the air and on the ground.

Last year’s offensive rookie of the year winner was Justin Herbert, QB – Los Angeles Chargers. Herbert finished the season with the following records:

  • Total touchdowns by a rookie QB: 36
  • Most passing touchdowns by a rookie QB: 31

As the NFL betting season kicked off on Sept. 9, PlayUSA has curated an Offensive Rookie Of The Year Tracker to help you follow the futures odds for each quarterback. Here are the current odds:

 

But before we take a look at the new QB class, let’s give some respect to those that came before.

Other notable NFL rookie QB classes

2001: Michael Vick, Drew Brees

What better way to start a list than with two quarterbacks that reinvented the position? Michael Vick changed football forever. In my personal opinion, he will go down as the first true dual-threat QB ever. Lethal both through the air and on the ground, Vick was selected to the Pro-Bowl four times and still holds NFL records for yards per carry by a QB (7.0) and career rushing yards by a QB (6,109).

Drew Brees broke the traditional quarterback mold. He inspired a generation of athletes by showing them; you don’t have to be 6’6′ – 235 lbs with a rocket arm to be an NFL QB. Coming in at 6ft, 209 lbs, Brees played his 19-year career with only two NFL franchises (San Diego, New Orleans). He went on to become a Super Bowl Champion, offensive player of the year, and 13x Pro-bowler.

2004: Eli Manning, Philip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger

Those that eat, sleep, and breathe football consider this the gold standard for an NFL draft class. Combined, you have a collection of athletes with four Super Bowl titles, 705 regular-season starts, numerous passing records, and pro-bowl selections. Each in their own right could make a case for the NFL Hall of Fame.

2012: Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Tannehill, Russell Wilson, Kirk Cousins, Nick Foles

There was such a wealth of talent in the 2012 class. Andrew Luck was on course to become a Payton Manning-Esq quarterback, but early retirement halted everything. Robert Griffin III was the most electrifying prospect in college football and capped things off with an exciting rookie season. But, unfortunately, several injuries doomed his career.

Russell Wilson and the unlikely Nick Foles are both Super Bowl Champions, while Kirk Cousins and Ryan Tannehill remain starting quarterbacks for their respective franchises.

2017: Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson

Deshaun Watson is the definition of a dual-threat quarterback. He single-handedly changed the trajectory of the Houston Texans franchise. However, his recent off-field troubles have put a sour taste in the mouths of those following his career. Nevertheless, his playing days are far from over, and many expect him to do great things for whichever team takes a chance on him.

Patrick Mahomes has been called many things, but already, many call him the greatest player of his generation. He’s a Super Bowl Champion, MVP, and part franchise owner of the Kansas City Royals (MLB). With a cannon for an arm, Mahomes fell to Kansas City with the No.10 pick and never looked back.

2018: Josh Allen, Lamar Jackson, Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold

The youthfulness of the 2018 draft class means these players will be around for several years. Lamar Jackson is already an NFL MVP. Both Josh Allen and a rejuvenated Baker Mayfield could play their way into consideration at some point.

Sam Darnold has the chance to reinvent himself with his new team, the Carolina Panthers, and has the talent to do so.

The 2021 NFL Offensive Rookie Of The Year Futures Odds

Now, let’s look at some sports betting odds for the offensive rookie of the year award.

Updated: September 28, 2021

QB Mac Jones, New England Patriots

Mac Jones has maintained his stranglehold on the shortest average odds to win this award thanks to a New England Patriots scheme set up to help him succeed and his own play. Through three games, he’s completing nearly 68% of pass attempts and has managed to put together a couple of turnover-free performances.

His last outing showed some growing pains, but NJ sportsbooks like DraftKings still have Jones as high as +400 to win the award.

NJ sportsbook odds: +375 (PointsBet)

QB Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars

This season’s top overall draft pick started out with odds as low as +200 odds to claim this trophy, as is often the case with the first quarterback to come off the board. However, three Jacksonville Jaguars losses, all of which have included Trevor Lawrence throwing multiple interceptions, have cooled that hype.

Now at the end of September, some like the DraftKings Sportsbook and BetMGM list Lawrence as high as +1000.

NJ sportsbook odds: +900 (Caesars)

QB Zach Wilson, New York Jets

Like Lawrence, Zach Wilson‘s odds in this market have suffered from a poor start for his team. Of course, the seven interceptions to two touchdowns he has thrown aren’t helping much. Thus, the market for him has fallen from as high as +600 out of the gate to as high as +2000 on sports betting apps like BetMGM.

Things don’t look like they will improve anytime soon, either, as the Jets host the Tennessee Titans Sunday. Only six teams have allowed a lower completion percentage to quarterbacks so far this season than the Titans.

NJ sportsbook odds: +2000 (FanDuel)

QB Justin Fields, Chicago Bears

The indecision of Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy on which direction to go with this position isn’t helping Justin Fields‘ odds any. Fields came out of the draft as high as +400 to take this trophy home.

Fields has since played in one regular-season game and the numbers were far from eye-popping. Sportsbooks like FanDuel are still reserving judgment until they see more of his actual play on the field, however, with odds of +900 on the signal-caller.

NJ sportsbook odds: +1000 (DraftKings)

QB Trey Lance, San Fransisco 49ers

This is the candidate that apps like FanDuel Sportsbook have held the steadiest on since his entry into the league. Like Fields, that’s mostly because he has barely played. Through three games, he has registered a solitary pass attempt, which was a five-yard touchdown.

Thus, his odds have stood pat at places like Caesars, where he has moved from just +700 to +800 as other candidates have risen and fallen. It’s hard to win this award without playing, though.

NJ sportsbook odds: +750 (FanDuel) 

Check each month as we follow any moment on these odds over the course of the season.

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