2013 NFL Rookie of the Year Odds: Eddie Lacy Pays 8/1
Last season it wasn’t all that hard to figure out who was going to be in the running for the NFL Rookie of the Year. Quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III were drafted first and second overall in the 2012 NFL Draft, and for all intents and purposes the race was down to them. Many would have argued Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson to be the third wheel in that race, and he probably was, but in the end it was a passing battle.
Ultimately, none of those three players were the ROY in 2012. In fact, Alred Morris and Doug Martin put up better running back seasons than the more hyped Richardson, while third-round pick Russell Wilson ended up taking home the trophy. Wilson’s team ended the year with the best record and of all the rookies, he was the only one to win a playoff game.
Wilson was clearly deserving, but he was also a surprise victor. The point? There will definitely be leaders for the Rookie of the Year before the season starts, but truly anyone can win it when it’s all said and done.
So, even though it’s super early in the off-season, the one of the big questions is which NFL rookie will take home Rookie of the Year honors in 2013? Let’s dissect the Rookie of the Year odds below and come away with an early prediction:
Favorites To Win NFL Rookie of the Year:
Tavon Austin, WR, St. Louis Rams (3/1 odds)
Austin is a tiny slot receiver on paper, but he’s actually probably the more versatile and explosive weapon in this entire draft class. With no Andew Luck or RG3 at quarterback this year, Austin stands the best chance to be the Rookie of the Year. Only an injury or complete mis-use of him by the Rams will prevent that from happening.
E.J. Manuel, QB, Buffalo Bills (6/1 odds)
Manuel should be second in line right behind Austin for the moment, but if he’s suddenly named the starter, one could make the argument that he belongs on top for ROY odds. He’s very raw, but is very gifted athletically and has a cannon arm. His ROY odds simply depend on how long it takes him to take over the offense.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans (8/1 odds)
Hopkins looks to be the starting #2 wide receiver in Houston right away as a rookie, meaning he’ll have a solid role and could potentially make a gigantic impact in his first season. The main thing in his way is the fact that Houston doesn’t pass a ton and he’s not their top option in the passing game – Andre Johnson is.
Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers (8/1 odds)
Lacy has had numerous injuries – specifically to his legs and feet – but figures to be Green Bay’s top running back as a rookie in 2013. The Packers don’t pass a ton and his health could be a concern all year, but his ceiling is fairly high due to his talent and the fact that Green Bay does want to run more.
Three Dark-Horses to Watch
Geno Smith, QB, New York Jets (10/1 odds)
I don’t have much faith in the Jets as legit playoff contenders, but Smith is probably already better than the pitiful Mark Sanchez and it could (should) only be a matter of time before he’s the main man under center. If that happens, his nice arm strength and athleticism could help vault him to the top of the Rookie of the Year debate.
Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals (10/1 odds)
Right with Smith is Bernard, as he’s another sleeper ROY candidate that is simply being held back by a lesser talent currently listed ahead of him on the depth chart. Bernard’s chances at Rookie of the Year will hinge completely on the effectiveness of starting running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis. If The Law Firm stinks up the joint, that could clear a path for Bernard to beast out as a rookie.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Minnesota Vikings (15/1 odds)
Patterson is my personal favorite for the Rookie of the Year, but keep in mind he’s still very much a sleeper pick. While he’s not in the starting lineup yet, he offers the most sheer upside with his raw ability than any other rookie. His potential? Think Randy Moss in his rookie season. That’s how good this guy can be.
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