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  • Who are the top contenders for the 2018 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award?
  • View the odds available for all rookies individually, or in comparison to similar players
  • Track how the odds fluctuate throughout the 2018 NFL season

The 2018 NFL Draft was one of the most highly-anticipated drafts in recent memory, and it certainly lived up to the hype. For the first time since 1999, five quarterbacks were selected in the first-round. And continuing to make history, it was the first time a running back was selected in the first two picks since 2006.

But only one of these highly-touted rookies will be named the 2018 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. And based upon the previous two seasons, we need to look beyond those selected in the first-round, as well. The last two rookies to take home the OROY honors were drafted in the third (Alvin Kamara) and fourth (Dak Prescott) rounds, respectively.

We’ll be tracking the odds to win Offensive Rookie of the Year from our most trusted betting sites all season. Follow along to see how the odds change throughout the 2018 NFL season.

2018 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Top Contenders

Considering he is set to be a workhorse in New York from Day 1, second-overall pick Saquon Barkley opens with the shortest odds to win the 2018 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award.

Here are some recent trends to know before betting on the award:

  • Dak Prescott (2016) is the only QB to win the award in the last five years
  • RBs have won the award in three of the last five seasons
  • The last time five QBs were drafted in the first-round (1999), a RB won OROY – Edgerrin James
  • The last time a RB was selected with the top two picks (2006), a QB won OROY – Vince Young
  • Since 2006, only one RB drafted in the top 7 picks has won OROY – Adrian Peterson in 2007

 

2018 NFL OROY Odds by Position

In spite of TE Hayden Hurst being drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first-round of the 2018 NFL Draft, it’s fitting that odds are not available for him since no position other than quarterback, running back, or wide receiver has ever won Offensive Rookie of the Year.

  • Dan Marino is the only QB to win OROY with less than 12 starts in his rookie season
  • The OROY award has not gone to a running back in consecutive years since 2001-2002
Position No. of NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award Winners
Quarterback 9
Running Back 33
Wide Receiver 9
FIELD 0

 

2018 NFL OROY Odds by Division

One crazy trend to consider here: the NFC has won 11 straight NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Awards. The last time the AFC won it was Vince Young (Tennessee) in 2006. Here are the franchises with the most OROY award winners.

Team Number of OROY Award Winners
Minnesota Vikings 5
Dallas Cowboys 4
Detroit Lions 4
Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans 3
Los Angeles/St Louis Rams 3
New England Patriots 3
New Orleans Saints 3
Pittsburgh Steelers 3

On the other hand, there are nine teams who have never had an Offensive Rookie of the Year Award winner:

Teams Without an Offensive Rookie of the Year Award Winner
Baltimore Ravens
Cleveland Browns
Houston Texans
Jacksonville Jaguars
Kansas City Chiefs
New York Jets
Philadelphia Eagles
San Francisco 49ers
Seattle Seahawks

 

2018 NFL OROY Odds by Draft Round

Among the 51 Offensive Rookie of the Year award winners, 36 of them were drafted in the first-round of the NFL Draft, and 44 of them were drafted in the first two rounds. Mike Anderson (RB) of the Denver Broncos is the player selected latest in the draft to win the honors – Anderson was selected 189th overall in 2000.

  • Seven of the nine QBs to win the award were drafted in the first-round
  • 23 of the 33 RBs to win the award were drafted in the first-round
  • Six of the nine WRs to win OROY were drafted in the first-round – Anquan Boldin in 2003 was the last non-first-round WR to win the award

Here are the 15 players selected outside of the first-round who have won the award:

Player Position Draft Pos. Draft Year
Dennis Shaw QB 2nd-rd (30th overall) 1970
Sammy White WR 2nd-rd (54th overall) 1976
Carl Pickens WR 2nd-rd (31st overall) 1992
Anthony Thomas RB 2nd-rd (38th overall) 2001
Clinton Portis RB 2nd-rd (51st overall) 2002
Anquan Boldin WR 2nd-rd (54th overall) 2003
Eddie Lacy RB 2nd-rd (61st overall) 2013
Rueben Mayes RB 3rd-rd (57th overall) 1986
Curtis Martin RB 3rd-rd (74th overall) 1995
Alvin Kamara RB 3rd-rd (67th overall) 2017
Troy Stradford RB 4th-rd (99th overall) 1987
Dak Prescott QB 4th-rd (135th overall) 2016
Mike Thomas RB 5th-rd (108th overall) 1975
Don Woods RB 6th-rd (134th overall) 1974
Mike Anderson RB 6th-rd (189th overall) 2000

You can also follow along with our 2018 NFL Most Valuable Player Odds Tracker.

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