The race to the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award is secondary to getting wins for first-year professional football players. They still hand out the award, however.
Quarterback Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts (first overall) and running back Doug Martin of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (31st) each stated their case to be the 2012 draft class’ winner.
Luck has the advantage as the No. 1 overall pick. He would be the third straight quarterback to be drafted first overall and take home the OROY trophy.
He has competition in Martin, who has quite literally carried the Bucs to victory in the last two weeks. 2007 was the last time that a running back won the award. His name is Adrian Peterson, and he owned the NFL single-game rushing record by the time his first winter in the league rolled around.
The five players on this list meet certain criteria determined by the recent winners of the OROY award.
Each is a first-round pick, as seven of the last eight winners were top-11 picks in the draft. Percy Harvin (2009) was chosen 22nd.
Tight ends and offensive linemen are excluded here, as players from those positions have never won the award. Lastly, wins will be taken into account for the candidates in question.