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NFL Rookie of the Year award 2021 Contenders & Odds

NFL Rookie of the Year award 2021 Contenders & Odds

Every season, NFL fans across the world look at the results of the draft and wonder who the next Rookie of the Year will be. Almost everybody is hoping that the award will go to a player that their favorite team has drafted. This year is no different, and in this article, we will be going over the current favorites to win the NFL Rookie of the Year award.

NFL Rookie of the Year award 2021 Odds

NFL Rookie of the Year Mon, May 31, 2021 EST

ROT ODDS TO WIN 2021-2022 OFFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR MONEYLINE
7001 Trevor Lawrence +250
7002 Justin Fields +450
7003 Zach Wilson +800
7004 Mac Jones +900
7005 Kyle Pitts +1000
7006 Trey Lance +650
7007 Ja'Marr Chase +1200
7008 Najee Harris +1200
7009 DeVonta Smith +1600
7010 Travis Etienne +1800
7011 Jaylen Waddle +2500
7015 Javonte Williams +2500
7016 Trey Sermon +4000
7017 Rashod Bateman +4000
7018 Terrace Marshall Jr. +4000
7019 Elijah Moore +4000
7020 Rondale Moore +4000
7021 Kadarius Toney +4000
7022 Michael Carter +7000
7023 Kenneth Gainwell +10000
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ROT ODDS TO WIN 2021-2022 DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR MONEYLINE
7801 Micah Parsons +500
7802 Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah +1000
7803 Kwity Paye +900
7804 Jaelan Phillips +1000
7805 Patrick Surtain II +1100
7806 Caleb Farley +1200
7807 Azeez Ojulari +1300
7808 Zaven Collins +1400
7817 Jaycee Horn +1500
7818 Jamin Davis +800
7820 Trevon Moehrig-Woodard +2000
7821 Gregory Rousseau +2000
7822 Nick Bolton +2200
7823 Greg Newsome II +2200
7824 Ronnie Perkins +2200
7825 Baron Browning +3300
7826 Jabril Cox +3300
7827 Jayson Oweh +2500
7828 Asante Samuel Jr. +3500
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Let’s take a look at the offensive leaders first.

Trevor Lawrence

Trevor Lawrence NFL Rookie of the Year award

Trevor Lawrence is leading the odds inb the NFL Rookie of the Year award

Trevor Lawrence currently has the best odds to walk away with the Rookie of the Year award.

Lawrence was not only the clear-cut number one overall selection in this past years NFL draft, but he has also never lost a regular season game in his entire career dating back to middle school.

This is a man that knows how to win games consistently regardless of his circumstances and they were able to pair him up with a great mind in head coach Urban Meyer.

Even if he struggles to get open wide receivers to hit, they have a two headed monster at running back to help him. They already have the young stud James Robinson but added Lawrence’s college teammate Travis Etienne to form a formidable duo and balance out their offense overall.

Once again, this award almost always goes to a quarterback and Lawrence has been surrounded by a ton of hype for the past few years now.

If he is able to win a few games for this team and come up with some huge plays down the stretch, he could have this award locked up quickly.

Trey Lance

Trey Lance

Trey Lance

Trey Lance is another quarterback who could be in line for this award.

Lance is in a far more favorable position than Lawrence is and that could end up giving him the edge in this race.

While Lawrence went to the worst team in the league, record wise, Lance is going to a San Francisco 49ers team that is just one year removed from reaching the Super Bowl.

The only reason they had such a high draft pick last year is because of the number of injuries they had to suffer through that always made them the underdogs.

Now that everybody is starting to come back healthy once more, the 49ers should be a force in the NFC again.

Lance will have a plethora of running backs and interesting wide receivers to throw the football too, not to mention the fact that he has George Kittle as his tight end. Their offense line is also very solid and should keep him from panicking and stressing out in the pocket on every drop back.

The one flaw with this is Jimmy Garoppolo.
Garoppolo is currently the starter for this team and hasn’t been traded or released despite a ton of rumors saying he was going to be. If he isn’t able to perform in the offseason or he struggles during the regular season, it will thrust Lance into the starting job pretty quickly.

Otherwise, he may not get enough playing time in order to win this award.

This is precisely the situation involving Justin Fields.

Fields was supposed to be one of the top quarterbacks taken in this draft class but somehow slipped past the top ten selections.

The Chicago Bears immediately realized that and traded up to grab him. He has a terrific opportunity to turn the Bears into contenders out in the NFC this year, but the only problems are that they already promised Andy Dalton the starting job in the offseason.

They probably never could have imagined grabbing a top quarterback in this class. Dalton is likely to start at least the first few games and may even ride the whole season out.

However, if the team is struggling the fans will grow impatient and demand Fields to get his shot as the starter.

Once he is finally able too, he will have a relatively decent offensive line and a great running back to ease some pressure off his back. Then he has a reliable number one receiver in Allen Robinson and a great deep threat with Darnell Mooney.

Their defense is also fantastic and could help this team win a lot of games this year. If their win total takes a large jump with Fields as the starter, this award is his to lose.

Moving away from the quarterbacks for a little bit, Ja’Marr Chase could be in line to grab this award.

Ja’Marr Chase

Ja’Marr Chase

The standout LSU wide receiver was drafted to the Cincinnati Bengals in order to reunite with his former teammate Joe Burrow.

The two of them won a national championship together and could instill fear in opposing defenses all year long. It isn’t all that often that a wide receiver wins the Rookie of the Year trophy, but we saw Justin Jefferson come very close last year and he was happened to be on that same LSU team a few years ago.

If Chase ends up being the player everyone expects, then the Bengals offense could look completely different next year. He would be their standout number one target and already has enough chemistry with Burrow to light up the stat sheet.

The only issue would be his position and situation, as Cincinnati isn’t going to win many games. However, if Chase can make some big plays like Jefferson, then he will certainly be a finalist by the end of the year.

Let’s go over one more offensive player before switching over to the defensive players that can win the Rookie of the Year award.

Kyle Pitts

Kyle Pitts definitely deserves to be in this conversation.

Kyle Pitts

Both he and Mac Jones have the exact same odds for this upcoming season, but Pitts is going to be a guaranteed starter for the majority of the season while Jones will fight it out with Cam Newton over in New England.

Pitts was drafted to a perfect situation.

He will go to an Atlanta Falcons team that already has Matt Ryan, Todd Gurley, Calvin Ridley and Julio Jones on offense.

With all of those weapons, opposing defenses won’t be able to zero in on Pitts, leaving him with a lot of one-on-one situation down the field. Couple that with their atrocious defense and it will cause them to have to put up a lot more points offensively.

Pitts could end up picking up insane yardage numbers and be a great red zone threat if Julio ends up getting trade or gets injured again.
Tight Ends rarely get this award though, and Pitts will need to put up insane numbers in order to make it happen. But then again, he looked unguardable in college.

Micah Parsons leads the odds for all defenders in this rookie class.

He was one of the first defenders taken off the board in this draft and is set up perfectly to start immediately. Parsons was drafted to the Dallas Cowboys and will attempt to improve what was a horrific defense overall last year.

Their linebackers corps wasn’t terrible with Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith, but Jerry Jones and company clearly felt that upgrades were needed.

Parsons is great in coverage and rarely misses tackles, something this defense badly needs.

If he ends up being the star that they are hoping, Parsons will be able to rack up tackles and even throw on a few sacks throughout this season.

Those stats would be able to throw him pretty high up on the Rookie of the Year charts, though there are a few other players at his position that could definitely make it difficult for him.

Jamin Davis is one of those guys.

He was selected shortly after Parsons in the first round by the Washington Football Team.

Davis is in one of those dream situations and that could result in a monster season. Everybody knew how talented and special this Washington defense was last year, and with a full offseason and a few new players it could be even better.

Davis will be able to step in and contribute in both run and pass coverage straight away.

Washington also has a fantastic defensive line that will be able to gobble up blocks and create large gaps in the offensive line for Davis to sprint through. It is going to lead to a ton of easy tackle opportunities and tipped balls that he could come down with as an interception.

Obviously, he is going to have to prove he can start right away and try to avoid any injuries.

But assuming he is healthy and gets the start immediately in Week 1, he is going to have a monster year in the stat sheet.

Not to mention the fact that he will benefit if Washington is able to have a winning season and make the postseason, because team success is pretty crucial to some of these awards.

Next up we have two cornerbacks actually.

These two guys were the top defensive backs on the draft board for almost every single team this year.

Jaycee Horn

Let’s start off with Jaycee Horn, who was drafted in the first round to the Carolina Panthers. He happens to be the son of Joe Horn, the former star wide reicever for the New Orleans Saints, so you could imagine that he knows how to stay prepared in this league already.

Horn will be dropped straight into a young and steadily improving Carolina defense and will most likely take over that number one cornerback spot pretty quickly.

He moves his feet well and is great and reading his opponents routes mid play.

Horn should be able to make enough plays and improve this pass defense enough to get his name thrown into the Rookie of the Year conversation.

Patrick Surtain II

Then we have Patrick Surtain II out of Alabama.

He was taken just a few spots after by the Denver Broncos and will also slot in as their immediate number one corner, unless the offseason changes a few things. Surtain was taught a ton of discipline during his years at one of the best football colleges in the world, and that is bound to help him make a fast impact on his new team.

Denver struggles defensively due to a ton of injuries and below average play from a number of guys. Surtain should be able to shore up one side of the field with his length and quickness out in space.

He will also take a lot of pressure off of the shoulders of Justin Simmons, who was tasked with defending basically the entire field as the superstar safety of this defensive unit.

Surtain should allow him to play freely across the field and it could result in their unit as a whole improving, which is more than likely to get his name in the conversation for Rookie of the Year.
However, it should be said that cornerbacks rarely pick up this honor so either of these guys will have to play outstanding football to pull it off.

Kwity Paye

Finally, we have Kwity Paye.

Kwity Paye is a very interesting talent on this side of the field and is pretty raw as a football player.

Although it wasn’t enough for him to slip far in the draft, being nabbed by the Indianapolis Colts in the first round. The Colts were in dire need of a pass rusher after Justin Houston and Denico Autry both left in free agency, leaving a lot of sacks on the table for somebody else to pick up.

Paye should fit in perfectly into this defensive line and be able to do just that for this defense. He has shown his high motor and quick burst off the edge and his potential is off the charts.

Paye is expected to immediately get snaps in Week 1 and could jump out to a fast start in this race if he is able to make a name for himself.

Once again though, it is rare for a defensive player to win this award but Paye might be in the perfect situation to generate big numbers for his case.

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