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Murray Headlines NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Odds

Quarterback Kyler Murray of the Arizona Cardinals poses during a press conference at the Dignity Health Arizona Cardinals Training Center on April 26, 2019 in Tempe, Arizona. Murray was the first pick overall by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Over the past year, Kyler Murray has stolen headlines across the football landscape thanks to dazzling performances at the collegiate level, his decision to forgo playing baseball in favor of a career as a pro quarterback and his selection as the first overall pick by the Arizona Cardinals at the 2019 NFL Draft. According to sportsbooks, Murray is the likeliest candidate to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award as well.

Murray is the heavy +150 favorite to capture the hardware as the top newcomer in the NFL at Bovada, with Josh Jacobs (+650), Dwayne Haskins (+800), Mecole Hardman (+1800), David Montgomery (+2000), Miles Sanders (+2200), A.J. Brown (+2500), N’Keal Harry (+2500), Marquise Brown (+2600) and T.J. Hockenson (+2500) rounding out the top 10.

Considering Murray is likely going to be the Week 1 starter in an offense tailored to him by new head coach Kliff Kingsbury, it makes complete sense to see Murray get the favorite label here. The Oklahoma product has free rein to air it out through the air and can extend drives with his legs and scrambling ability, so barring an injury, it would be a surprise to see anyone other than the 22-year-old win the award.

Expect Gruden to Lean Heavily on Jacobs

If any other rookie can supplant Murray in this regard, it’s Jacobs. The last three running backs to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award (Saquon Barkley, Alvin Kamara and Todd Gurley) have all been able to catch the ball as well as they run it out of the backfield, and that certainly applies to Jacobs.

The 2019 No. 24 pick should fit seamlessly into a vastly improved Oakland Raiders offense that won’t be afraid to run the ball. After all, head coach Jon Gruden has never been afraid to use his rookie running backs as much as he can. Cadillac Williams had 310 and 255 touches in his first two seasons with Gruden in Tampa in 2005 and 2006. Workload is not going to be an issue, so it’s going to be interesting to see how long it takes Jacobs to figure out the pro game.

Montgomery is an Excellent Dark-Horse Pick

When the Chicago Bears traded Jordan Howard to the Philadelphia Eagles for a 2020 sixth-round pick, it became clear general manager Ryan Pace had his eyes on a successor to Howard in the draft. That man is Montgomery. While the Iowa State standout finds himself in a crowded backfield that contains Mike Davis and Tarik Cohen, I expect Montgomery to separate himself from the pack and become the lead back in the first half of the campaign.

The Bears have a solid offensive line and a quarterback in Mitchell Trubisky who improved by leaps and bounds in 2018. If Chicago can continue to move the chains with ease on offense like it did last season, Montgomery will have plenty of opportunities to find the end zone, making him a sneaky bet at +2000.

2019 NFL Offensive Rookie of the year award odds
Kyler Murray+150
Josh Jacobs+650
Dwayne Haskins+800
Mecole Hardman+1800
Miles Sanders+2200
David Montgomery+2000
A.J. Brown+2500
N’Keal Harry+2500
Marquise Brown+2600
T.J. Hockenson+2500
Parris Campbell+2800
Darrell Henderson+3000
D.K. Metcalf+3500
Deebo Samuel+3000
Riley Ridley+3500
Noah Fant+3500
Drew Lock+3500
Daniel Jones+3500
Hakeem Butler+4000
Miles Boykin+4000
Terry McLaurin+4500
Alexander Mattison+5600
Andy Isabella+5000
Darius Slayton+5000
Damien Harris+5000
Hunter Renfrow+5000
Jalen Hurd+5000
Will Grier+5000
Justice Hill+5000

Odds as of August 12 at Bovada