- Kyler Murray was selected first overall in the 2019 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals
- The Cardinals have traded Josh Rosen to the Miami Dolphins, leaving Murray, Brett Hundley, and Chad Kanoff at quarterback
- While most online sports betting sites list Murray around 2-1 to win 2019 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, MyBookie has him at 6-1
There was very little doubt the Arizona Cardinals were going to take Kyler Murray with the first overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
And now there’s very little doubt who the favorite is to win the 2019 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award, at least among all online sports betting sites not named MyBookie. While all other sportsbooks list Murray’s 2019 NFL OROY odds just longer than 2-1, MyBookie is offering Murray at 6-1.
2019 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Odds
|Player||2019 NFL OROY Odds at MyBookie|
*Odds taken May 1; follow the link in the table to see all betting options
Murray is the Only Rookie QB Slated to Start Week 1
The former Sooner QB completed 69% of his passes for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns, while adding 1,001 yards and 12 more touchdowns on the ground.
The outstanding season, his first as a starter, led to Murray winning the Heisman Trophy and giving up on the Oakland Athletics of the MLB to focus on football.
And so on the day that he arrived in Arizona, No. 1 overall pick Kyler Murray already has seized control of the Cardinals’ starting QB job.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 27, 2019
In selecting Murray with the first overall pick, the Cardinals shipped last year’s first-round pick, Josh Rosen, to the Miami Dolphins. This leaves Murray with Brett Hundley and Chad Kanoff as the quarterbacks currently on the roster. In other words, there is no doubt Kliff Kingsbury plans to start his rookie pivot come Week 1.
Barring injury, or Cam Newton not recovering from another offseason shoulder surgery, Dwayne Haskins is the only other rookie quarterback with a chance to start Week 1. But it’s likely Washington will let Case Keenum or Colt McCoy handle the losing for at least the first few weeks before throwing their rookie into the fire.
Voters Love Quarterbacks
The NFL is a passing league that is obsessed with quarterbacks.
Don’t believe me? Consider this, 41.5 of the 62 NFL MVP awards have gone to quarterbacks – Brett Favre and Barry Sanders shared it in 1997 – and only one non-quarterback has won the award since 2007.
— Rich Eisen Show (@RichEisenShow) April 30, 2019
Sure, only nine quarterbacks have won Offensive Rookie of the Year, but this is largely due to the former belief that QBs had to learn from the sidelines for at least a year. But that myth is rapidly dying.
Seven of the nine OROY awards won by quarterbacks have come since 2004. And had the Browns fired Hue Jackson a little earlier, like they should have, and Deshaun Watson didn’t get hurt in 2017, we would likely be coming into 2019 with quarterbacks having claimed the last three Offensive Rookie of the Year awards.
Your NFL 2016 OROY is…
I know some people will have some strong words on that one…
— Chad Ryan (@ChadwikoRCC) February 5, 2017
The 2016 award is a prime example of what I’m talking about. Ezekiel Elliott toted the rock an NFL-high 322 times and led the league in rushing with 1,631 yards, finding the end zone 16 times, as a rookie in 2016. Yet, Dak Prescott, who attempted just 459 passes (23rd), was named OROY.
When it’s close, the voters will side with the QB.
Murray Has a Lot of Firepower in Arizona
In Kliff Kingsbury, the Cardinals may not have hired a coach who is known for winning games in college. But he is known for his explosive offenses.
In his last four years as head coach of Texas Tech, Kingsbury’s offenses ranked 2nd, 5th, 23rd, and 16th in the FBS in scoring. Since becoming an offensive coordinator in 2011 (with Houston in 2011 and Texas A&M in 2012), his offenses have averaged 550 yards and nearly 42 points per game.
No team scored fewer points than the Cardinals last year. But the 2019 version is a much different team, starting with an offensive-minded coach running the show.
Kliff Kingsbury will have some real fire power this year.
1. Kyler Murray, QB
2. Andy Isabella, WR
4. Hakeem Butler, WR
6. KeeSean Johnson, WR
6. Lamont Gaillard, C
RB David Johnson
WR Larry Fitzgerald
WR Christian Kirk
TE Charles Clay pic.twitter.com/aNWwZQqcVl
— Bleacher Report NFL (@BR_NFL) April 27, 2019
Along with a highly-touted offensive mind as his head coach, Murray will also have the benefit of one of the best running backs in the game in David Johnson to lean on, as well as one of the best and most reliable receivers of all-time in Larry Fitzgerald.
Add in some exciting receivers selected early in the 2019 NFL Draft – Andy Isabella and Hakeem Butler, among others – along with explosive 2018 second-round pick Christian Kirk, and this could be a very exciting offense.
Of course, if Arizona’s offensive line struggles the way they did last year, it could make things difficult again. But Murray’s mobility should help with that.
Bet Murray at These Odds While You Can
Whether you believe Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals offense will have success or not, these are odds you cannot let pass by. As I mentioned earlier, no other online sports betting site has Murray’s odds listed any worse than +225.
There is too much value in Murray at +600 to say no.