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2020 NFL Rookie of the Year Odds: Kyler Murray Favored in Offensive ROY Lines

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistAugust 5, 2019

Arizona Cardinals' Kyler Murray (1) warms up during an NFL football training camp scrimmage, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)
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Not only was Kyler Murray the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft, oddsmakers think he'll be the best rookie in the league this year.

The Arizona Cardinals quarterback is the heavy favorite to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year award this season, listed at +175 to win ($100 bet wins $175):

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Interestingly, the second-best option, Oakland Raiders running back Josh Jacobs, was the No. 24 overall pick in the draft.

If recent history is any indication, Jacobs could be the smarter pick for bettors.

Four of the last six offensive rookies of the year were running backs, including Saquon Barkley last season. The only quarterback to win the award in this span was Dak Prescott, who was a fourth-round pick and arguably a controversial winner over teammate Ezekiel Elliott, who led the NFL in rushing that year.

Running backs have seemingly had an easier time transitioning to the NFL than quarterbacks, which could lead to some big numbers early in their careers.

This also helped David Montgomery and Miles Sanders rank highly in the latest odds despite being Day 2 draft picks.

On the other hand, Murray has a chance to put up some big stats in his first year.

The Cardinals named him the Week 1 starter shortly after drafting him and he has loads of ability with his arm and his legs. If Kilff Kingsbury's offense works as well as anticipated, Murray could end the year as the clear choice as Rookie of the Year.


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