2021 NFL Rookie of the Year Odds See Edwards-Helaire Surging

  • Joe Burrow Leads all Rookies in offensive rookie of the year odds at +250
  • Fellow LSU Tiger Clyde-Edwards Helaire comes in at second at +575
  • Chase Young leads defensive rookies with +200

LAS VEGAS – Now that the dust has settled on the 2020 NFL Draft, rookies can begin getting acclimated to their new homes. With the new beginnings of the draft come new expectations, and none are higher than those for No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow.

Burrow, the Ohio native, is staying at home and heading to the Cincinnati Bengals. Online sportsbooks have him as the clear-cut favorite for offensive Rookie of the Year.

2020-2021 Offensive Rookie of the Year:

  • Joe Burrow +250
  • Clyde Edwards-Helaire +575
  • Tua Tagovailoa +750
  • Jonathan Taylor +900
  • D’Andre Swift +1200
  • Jerry Jeudy +1600

While seeing Burrow on top of this list won’t shock many fans, NFL bettors might be surprised to see who sits at number two.

Burrow’s former backfield partner for the LSU Tigers, running-back Clyde Edwards-Helaire finds himself with the second shortest odds to win rookie of the year.

This could primarily be due to his new home being the defending Super Bowl champion, Kansas City Chiefs.

The Chiefs took Edwards-Helaire unexpectedly at No. 32, the final pick of the first round. The Chiefs value pass-catching backs like Edwards-Helaire highly, and he is expected to become a key weapon for MVP Patrick Mahomes and head coach Andy Reid.

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On the opposite side of the ball, the defensive rookie of the year odds share the same similarity as their offensive counterpart, in that both are led by their highest respective draft pick. Hopes are high in DC, where the Washington Redskins took Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end, Chase Young, with the second overall pick.

2020-2021 Defensive Rookie of the Year:

  • Chase Young +200
  • Isaiah Simmons +450
  • Patrick Queen +900
  • Kenneth Murray +1400
  • Jeff Okudah +1200

Young is looking to revitalize a Redskins defense that hasn’t been formidable in quite some time. With news that Young might grow even more Redskins fans have a young player to be very excited about for the first time in a while.

Regardless of expectations, these new draft picks are still rookies, and therefore still have a lot to learn and prove before they meet their value. By being such a high draft pick, the pressure is already on before they step on the field.

There is always a new pack of players waiting to join the league next year, so the rookies better capitalize on their time in the spotlight before their new shine wears off.