While the curtains have only just closed on the 2014 NFL draft, it's never too early to speculate on the potential impacts made by incoming rookies on their new clubs. In fact, in magnanimous fashion, I've set early Rookie of the Year odds for the top offensive and defensive players selected in this year's draft.
The players will appear in ascending order, so the prospect with the fifth-best odds will come first, then fourth-best and so on until I list the odds-on favorite to claim the award. I started with offense, so the first five players are my top choices to claim Offensive Rookie of the Year, while the latter five are the top options to win Defensive Rookie of the Year.
The odds were constructed based on a variety of reasons. First, the player's ability was examined, as more heralded prospects obviously garnered greater consideration than lesser ones. But the situation the players entered into was also a massive ingredient (especially on offense), as talent might not be enough to claim the award if there are inquiries concerning the overall quality of the unit or other gifted players in the fold that could potentially steal the spotlight.
The position the prospect plays was also taken into consideration, as some have proved historically to be more likely than others to take home the honors.
Here are my early Rookie of the Year odds for the 2014 NFL draft picks.