NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Predictions & Odds 2021/2022

  • The desperate Jaguars took multi-tooled QB, Trevor Lawrence, with the first overall pick
  • Whether the Bears’ Justin Fields or the Niners’ Trey Lance will start is still up in the air
  • It’s a longshot for a wide receiver, including Cardinals’ Rondale Moore, to win this award

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Now that the 2021 NFL Draft has been conducted, oddsmakers have begun to predict which of these new offensive players to the league will earn Rookie of the Year honors, with a few exceptional players floating to the top of that list.

The Jacksonville Jaguars rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence is expected to start day one, so he is the favorite to win these honors, but two other rookie QB’s – the Chicago Bears’ Justin Fields and the SF 49ers Trey Lance – are right behind Lawrence in terms of odds.

Our longshot pick for this award is the Arizona Cardinals’ WR Rondale Moore, and here we go over the predictions, odds, and picks for which of these new offensive NFL professionals will be considered the 2021 Rookie of the Year.

Good luck!

Offensive Rookie of the Year Odds

Odds taken September 20 2021 from DraftKings Sportsbook

Player/Team/Position Odds
Trevor Lawrence, JAX Jaguars, QB +350
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Trey Lance, SF 49ers, QB +750
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Najee Harris, PIT Steelers, RB +800
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Justin Fields, CHI Bears, QB +850
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Zach Wilson, NY Jets, QB +1000
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Rondale Moore, ARI Cardinals, WR +5000
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Offensive Rookie of the Year Predictions and Picks

Due his potential playing time and predicted overall impact on his team’s success, the Jaguars’ Trevor Lawrence it the clear favorite to win this award.

Our Pick:

Trevor Lawrence (+350)

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Favorites to Win

Trevor Lawrence

This multi-talented (and enviously coiffed) young quarterback had the NCAA football word’s attention for his three seasons at Clemson where he led the team to an overall 34-2 record with 90 touchdowns and just 17 interceptions during that time period.

More importantly, Lawrence completed almost 67 percent of his passes and ended his college career with a 164.3 passer rating plus he had almost a thousand rushing yards and another 18 rushing touchdowns thrown into the mix.

Those numbers caused Lawrence to become the NFL’s highest regarded amateur prospects this offseason and a clear favorite to be selected first overall, but whether he can heal what ails the struggling Jaguars still remains to be seen.

Justin Fields

The Chicago Bears thought they had their franchise quarterback with Mitchell Trubisky, but his inconsistent play frustrated the otherwise talent-deep team, and now they are hoping that Ohio State’s Justin Fields can come in and make a difference under center.

Whether Fields starts right away for the Bears is a question that will be answered in September (check out our prior coverage on this issue), but regardless of when he begins to see playing time there is no question that he is expected to lead the team in the future.

To earn the coveted OROTY award, however, Fields would not only have to see a lot of snaps, he would also have to elevate the Bears’ overall effectiveness as a team and lead them deeper into the postseason than his predecessor, who could not get them past the Wild Card round.

Trey Lance

This North Dakota State alum will be competing with Jimmy Garoppolo for the starting QB role in San Francisco, so whether the former Walter Payton and Jerry Rice Awards winner can earn that tough job is still anyone’s guess.

In college, Lance led the Bison to the 2020 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game and was named the game’s MVP after his team’s 28-20 win while completing almost 70 percent of his passes that season.

Lance will have a set of talented young receivers to target with Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk on his Niners’ offense, so it will be a matter of earning his playing time if he expects to win the OROTY award.

No Chance to Win

Rondale Moore

The last wide receiver to win the OROTY honors was Odell Beckham Jr. when he played for the Giants in 2014, so the Cardinals’ Rondale Moore has an uphill battle to climb if he expects to earn this award as a receiver.

Moore’s got the talent to do it – in his three seasons with Purdue, he posted almost 2,000 receiving yards and caught 14 touchdown passes plus he rushed for almost 250 yards and ran in another 3 scores during that time.

The biggest issue with Moore is his extensive injury history after having missed most of the 2019 season with a hamstring injury and all but three games in 2020 with an “unspecified lower-body injury” so his endurance and ability to stay on the field will be huge factors his rookie season.

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