The finalists for NFL Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year have been announced, but the two races could not be more different. Sauce Gardner had all but locked up DROY months ago, NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year has been a whirlwind of changing odds all season. The three remaining candidates for OROY are Brock Purdy, Garrett Wilson, and Kenneth Walker III. And an argument can be made for each one of them. Below are NFL Rookie of the Year odds for all offensive and defensive players on the board, along with updates on the favorites and contenders.
NFL Rookie of the Year odds
Here are NFL Rookie of the Year odds for best offensive and best defensive player for the 2022 – 2023 regular season. Click on the price(s) you like to bet now.
NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year odds
Kenneth Walker (): After failing to produce for weeks on end after suffering an ankle injury, Kenneth Walker is back in the driver’s seat for Offensive Rookie of the Year. In the past three weeks to close out the regular season, KW3 had 78 carries for 354 yards, giving him 1,050 rushing yards on the season to lead all rookies. Walker also finished tied for the rookie lead in touchdowns with Christian Watson at nine, crucially, five ahead of Garrett Wilson.
Garrett Wilson (): Despite shaky (at best) QB play throughout the season, Garrett Wilson looks to be a future star in this league. He led all rookie receivers in both receptions (83) and receiving yards (1,103), and tied for second in receiving TD at four. Per PFF, Wilson ranks among the top wide receivers in the league, not just the rookie class, and with a full season of average QB play, Wilson could ascend to be one of the NFL’s elite wide receivers. But after three big games in a row by Kenneth Walker III, Wilson will likely end up second in the voting for OROY.
Brock Purdy ():
As the last pick of the NFL Draft, Brock Purdy winning this award would be one hell of a story. And sometimes, when it comes to awards that humans are voting on, narrative can play a role in the outcome. But beyond the narrative, Purdy’s numbers alone speak volumes. Despite playing in half the games as Kenny Pickett, Purdy threw for 13 touchdowns to lead all rookies, six more than Pickett’s seven pass TDs. And Purdy did this while throwing just four interceptions. His 67% completion percentage was also well-above Pickett’s respectable 63% mark, and Purdy also significantly outplayed Pickett per QBR, 65.5 to 51.6.
NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year odds
Ahmad Gardner (): Sauce Gardner is not only the best rookie defender, but he is already the best cover corner in the NFL according to PFF (86.0 grade). Tariq Woolen has him beaten by a wide margin at interceptions, and Aiden Hutchinson has racked up both sacks and picks. But playing in New York, on a great defense, with his pedigree and advanced numbers make it a longshot that any other defender wins NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Aidan Hutchinson (): Given his production and pedigree, Hutchinson would normally be a shoo-in for this award. Hutchinson was as low as +200 to win this award in Week 2, and all he’s done is continue to put up numbers. He led all rookies with 9.5 sacks and had three interceptions. However, the perception throughout the season felt as though there was nothing he could do to overtake Sauce.
Tariq Woolen (): In any other year, an easy argument could be made for Tariq Woolen to be the DROY favorite. A converted WR in college who stands at 6′ 4″ and 210 pounds, Woolen is uniquely built for a corner. Tariq not only led all rookies in interceptions with six, four more than Sauce, he also tied with Chauncey Gardner-Johnson for the league lead. By pure production, Woolen could easily be atop the board. But as a fifth-round pick that most people had never heard of until recently, he’s at a big disadvantage to Gardner.
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How NFL Offensive ROY odds are changing
Below we will dish out updates throughout the season on how NFL Offensive ROY odds are changing.
|Player||NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Odds Sept. 6||NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Odds Sept. 15||NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Odds Sept. 20||NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Odds Sept. 27||NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Odds Oct. 4||NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Odds Oct. 11||NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Odds Oct. 18||NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Odds Nov. 2||NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Odds Nov. 11||NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Odds Nov. 22||NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Odds Nov. 29||NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Odds Dec. 6||NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Odds Dec. 13||NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Odds Dec. 20||NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Odds Jan. 4|
|Kenneth Walker III||+1500||+750||+175||-130||-140||-150||+200||+300||+600||-130|
|Brian Robinson Jr.||+1500||+1100||+1000||+2200||+2200||+2000||+1200||+1800||+3000||+4000||+4000||+1600||+1600||+1800||+3000|
How NFL Defensive ROY odds are changing
And here are how NFL Defensive ROY odds are changing.
|Player||NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year odds Sept. 6||NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year odds Sept. 15||NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year odds Sept. 20||NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year odds Sept. 27||NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year odds Oct. 4||NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year odds Oct. 11||NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year odds Oct. 18||NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year odds Nov. 2||NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year odds Nov. 11||NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year odds Nov. 15||NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year odds Nov. 22||NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year odds Nov. 29||NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year odds Dec. 6||NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year odds Dec. 13||NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year odds Dec. 20|
|Jermaine Johnson II||+1200||+1200||+2000||+2000||+1800||+2500||+4000||+5000||+5000||+10000||OTB|
|Derek Stingley Jr.||+1200||+1200||+2500||+2500||+2200||+2000||+4000||+5000||+5000||+10000||OTB|
|Andrew Booth Jr.||+4000||+7500||+10000||+10000||+10000||+10000||OTB|
NFL Offensive ROY odds: What happened last year?
Last year’s NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year race was a wild one. Patriots quarterback Mac Jones was a big favorite as late as Dec. 22. Jones, who was navigating New England back to the postseason after a one-year absence, was -700 at DraftKings just prior to Christmas. Enter Bengals WR Ja’Marr Chase, who posted two phenomenal receiving weeks around the holidays. Chase had ten catches for 125 yards in a 41-21 Bengals win over the Ravens on Dec. 26, and then followed that up with an ungodly 266 yards receiving with 3 TDs in a 34-31 victory over the Chiefs.
Jones, meanwhile, was mediocre down the stretch of the regular season – allowing Chase to ultimately come away with the award. The former LSU star received 42 of 50 votes, while Jones grabbed five votes.
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NFL Defensive Rookie of the year odds: What happened last year?
The NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year race was far different than that of the offensive side. Dallas Cowboys LB Micah Parsons was at the top of odds boards for the majority of the 2021 – 2022 season.
Parsons, the No. 12 overall pick in last year’s Draft, racked up 84 tackles and posted 13 sacks. The sack total was just two shy of the NFL rookie record. Parsons earned all 50 votes for DROY.