Saquon Barkley, Baker Mayfield Headline Top Betting Odds to Win Offensive ROY

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 1, 2018

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26:  Saquon Barkley of Penn State poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being picked #2 overall by the New York Giants during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Saquon Barkley has been hailed as one of the best running back prospects in years and he is now the odds-on favorite to win the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year award, per OddsShark

The No. 2 pick in the 2018 NFL draft is expected to make an immediate impact with the Giants, considered +150 ($100 bet to win $150) to win the award as the top rookie in the class. Baker Mayfield has the second-highest odds at +275 after being the first overall pick by the Browns.

Offensive Rookie of the Year Odds

  • Saquon Barkley (NYG) +150
  • Baker Mayfield (CLE) +275
  • Josh Allen (BUF) +800
  • Josh Rosen (ARZ) +1000
  • Rashaad Penny (SEA) +1400
  • Derrius Guice (WAS) +1800
  • Lamar Jackson (BAL) +2000
  • Sam Darnold (NYJ) +2000
  • Ronald Jones II (TB) +3000
  • Sony Michel (NE) +3000
  • DJ Moore (CAR) +3300
  • Calvin Ridley (ATL) +4000

There is a sizable gap between the top two options and the rest of the class, mostly based on expectations of playing time.

As the top pick, Mayfield has a chance to get on the field quickly for the Browns, even with Tyrod Taylor currently holding the top spot on the depth chart. Meanwhile, Josh Allen, Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen might all need some more time before earning starts.

Lamar Jackson might have to play backup an entire year behind Joe Flacco with the Ravens.

Meanwhile, the players at other skill positions could have to share a role with veteran players and might not be featured parts of the offense.

Conversely, Barkley is likely to start right away over the Giants mixture of Wayne Gallman and Jonathan Stewart. He has shown he can be a three-down player who helps in both the run and passing attacks and will likely get plenty of carries right away.

He is also extremely talented, ranked No. 1 overall in the class by Bleacher Report's Matt Miller.

With that said, the last two Offensive Rookie of the Year winners were afterthoughts following the draft as Dak Prescott, a fourth-round pick, and Alvin Kamara, a third-round pick, virtually came out of nowhere to star for their respective teams. It's highly likely the next winner of the award isn't even on this list.


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