2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year PicksJosh Bailey
It’s all about offense in the NFL these days. The 5 newest head coaches in the NFL are all known as offensive minded guys. Since the award was first handed out in 1967, more running backs have won this award (33) than all other positions combined (16). It’s also worth noting that although only seven quarterbacks have ever won this award, six of those winners have come in the last twelve years.
Analyzing My 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Picks
They love offense in the NFL. That’s why, already, Dallas RB Ezekiel Elliott is getting a lot of love as a -150 favorite to win the 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award. But is Elliott a good pick at the -150 odds? Is there a better choice at kinder odds to win the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award? What about a longshot? Who’s looking good at great odds?
The Odds-On Favorite To Win The 2016 NFL ROY: Ezekiel Elliott -150
Jerry Jones isn’t going to waste the 4th pick in the NFL Draft on a running back if he doesn’t believe that the running back can make a difference. When Dallas almost made it to the Super Bowl, DeMarco Murray was a workhorse on the ground. Elliott could be a workhorse on the ground while catching Tony Romo passes all day from his RB position. There’s a reason that Elliott’s odds are at -150. He’s supposed to be Offensive Rookie of the Year. To me, the odds are too low I’m going with someone under the radar.
The Smart Pick To Win The 2016 NFL ROY: Sterling Shepard +1200
Sterling Shepard was one of the most impressive players at the NFL Combine before the draft earlier this year. Shepard was so good that some thought he might sneak into Round 1. The Giants were happy that Shepard was available with the 9th pick in Round 2. Shepard should be open all day since defenses have to account for WR Odell Beckham, Jr. Yes, Victor Cruz says that he’s coming back. But you have to think that QB Eli Manning and coach Ben McAdoo have already mapped out how they’re going to use Shepard in games. I think he could win the Offensive NFL MVP Award.
The Longshot Pick To Win The 2016 NFL ROY: Josh Doctson +1600
Docston has all of the tools to be a wide receiver All-Pro in the NFL. He’s 6’ 3”. He weighs 205 pounds and has a frame that can carry more weight. He has great hands, can change direction on the fly, and even knows how to block some. Coach Jay Gruden drafted Docston in Round 1 for a reason. With Doctson being the yin to DeSean Jackson’s yang, Gruden truly feels that he can continue to develop QB Kirk Cousins into one of the top signal-callers in the NFL. Wishful thinking? Maybe. But Doctson certainly looks like he’s going to make an impact right away.
NFL 2016 Rookie Of The Year Odds