- Clyde Edwards-Helaire was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs with the 32nd pick in the NFL draft
- His odds to win Offensive Rookie of the Year have improved significantly
- Should you wager on him to win OROY or save your money for somebody else?
Clyde Edwards-Helaire is leaving LSU’s explosive offense in college football and heads to the NFL’s version of the same thing after the Kansas City Chiefs made him the highest-drafted running back in Andy Reid’s illustrious career. Reid likened him to Brian Westbrook, who played eight seasons under him in Philadelphia, and thinks he can be an even better version of the two-time Pro Bowler.
Heading to such an amazing situation and roster has dramatically improved his 2020 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year odds , so should you be investing on him to win the hardware or are there others to consider? Read on to see the odds and the best bet.
2020 Offensive Rookie of the Year Odds
|Henry Ruggs III||+1800|
Odds taken April 24th.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire Lands in the Perfect Situation
The Kansas City Chiefs made a luxury pick when they selected Clyde Edwards-Helaire, and he’s only going to make their high octane offense even more potent. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes lobbied to draft the star back, and with incumbent running back Damien Williams headed into a contract year, there’s no reason not to let the training wheels off Edwards-Helaire from day one.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire had an adjusted broken tackle rate of 86% in 2019 (@CFBFilmRoom).
How good was that?
NFL Draft RB's like Cam Akers, D'Andre Swift and J.K. Dobbins all sit at or below 33%.
— Shea Dixon (@Sheadixon) April 20, 2020
Last season at LSU, he racked up 1,414 yards on 215 carries for an average of 6.6 yards per tote, but what will also be music to the Chiefs’ ears, he’s a great pass catcher, snagging 55 passes for 453 yards where he totaled 17 touchdowns on the campaign. Unquestionably he should help KC’s 23rd ranked rushing attack (yards per game) which is a scary thought to add that to their fifth-ranked passing attack (YPG).
One prospect whose stock is soaring and has received rave reviews from everyone that I’ve talked to is LSU RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire. pic.twitter.com/6pBwj0duEc
— Jordan Reid (@JReidNFL) April 18, 2020
Edwards-Helaire’s Offensive Rookie of the Year Odds Dramatically Improve
At the start of April, the odds that Edwards-Helaire would be the 2020 NFL OROY weren’t looking so hot, where they averaged +1900 and some sportsbooks even had him as high as +2500. Now, those odds have sharply decreased to +800 after being the only running back off the board in the first round.
Holy offense Bat Man. I love Clyde Edwards-Helaire. He is best Rb in the draft. Watkins and Hill deep. Kelce in the middle. And Edwards-Helaire underneath. Good Luck defenses.
— Chris Simms (@CSimmsQB) April 24, 2020
If recent history is any indication, Edwards-Helaire should have a decent shot at taking home the hardware, with three of the last five OROY’s being awarded to running backs, though he might run into the problem of there simply being too many mouths to feed in Kansas City’s ridiculous offense that he might not put up the gaudy stats that another RB or quarterback might when they’re the sole focal point of a unit.
The #Chiefs offense:
QB Patrick Mahomes
RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire
RB Damien Williams
WR Tyreek Hill
WR Sammy Watkins
WR Mecole Hardman
TE Travis Kelce
TE Ricky Seals-Jones
— The Reid Option (@ReidOptionKC) April 24, 2020
Last Five Offensive Rookie of the Year Winners
|2019||Kyler Murray (Quarterback)|
|2018||Saquon Barkley (Running Back)|
|2017||Alvin Kamara (Running Back)|
|2016||Dak Prescott (Quarterback)|
|2015||Todd Gurley (Running Back)|
Value Still Points to Clyde Edwards-Helaire
He will face stiff competition to be named OROY, namely first overall pick Joe Burrow who is the strong +250 favorite to take home the crown, plus a pair of other highly drafted QB’s in Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert. That doesn’t even take into account other running backs who will likely go in the second round and the six first-round selections made on wide receivers. There isn’t a better dream scenario for Edwards-Helaire to be dropped into and the value is still there to pull the trigger.
Pick: Clyde Edwards-Helaire to win Offensive Rookie of the Year (+800)
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