We’ve now all had a chance to see the top rookies from the 2023 NFL Draft all wear their new uniforms and attend rookie mini-camp. And while there isn’t a whole lot to be gleaned from how they play when wearing shorts, the excitement is still very real. Which of these young quarterbacks is most likely to emerge as a star, and which of the defensive studs is going to make the biggest first-year impact.
Offensive Rookie of the Year Favorites
Bijan Robinson (+250)
Bryce Young (+500)
Anthony Richardson (+600)
C.J. Stroud (+750)
Jaxson Smith-Njigba (+800)
Jahmyr Gibbs (+900)
Bijan Robinson is a great talent, and he’s with a team that is not only committed to the running game, they are already good at it. The Falcons ability to run the ball with lesser running backs is only going to lead to more touches for Robinson, and better production, and that’s why he is the favorite.
Bryce Young was the first player selected last month, and he has a former quarterback as a head coach. While the ceiling on Anthony Richardson is considered to be higher because of his amazing athleticism, Young is a better bet to succeed right away.
The last two NFL Rookies of the Year were wide receivers, and not only is Jaxson Smith-Njigba the best wideout of this class, with DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett on his outsides, he’s primed to have a big year.
Defensive Rookie of the Year Favorites
Will Anderson (+350)
Jalen Carter (+650)
Tyree Wilson (+800)
Devon Witherspoon (+900)
Christian Gonzalez (+950)
Everyone expects great things from Alabama EDGE Will Anderson. Obviously, the Texans do, considering what they paid to trade up for him. He is going to be a star, and we might see that from the first week of the season.
Jalen Carter out of Georgia is yet another great Bulldog defensive lineman going to the Philadelphia Eagles great defensive line. And if he can help Philly get back to the Super Bowl, he is sure to get Rookie of the Year attention.
From 1999 to 2014 we didn’t have a cornerback win the award. Now it’s happened three times in the last nine years, with Sauce Gardner taking how DROY honors last year for the Jets. The two corners with the biggest opportunities this season are Devon Witherspoon, now with the Seahawks, and Christian Gonzalez, who was drafted by the Patriots.
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