The Falcons’ first round pick from last week’s draft is the betting favorite to win the league’s Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2022. Drake London, who Atlanta selected eighth overall, is the favorite with +550 odds, according to DraftKings via Ben Fawkes.
NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year odds at @DKSportsbook:
WR Drake London +550
QB Kenny Pickett +600
WR Treylon Burks, RB Breece Hall +700
WR Garrett Wilson +850
RB Kenneth Walker III +900
WRs Chris Olave, Christian Watson, Jameson Williams 10-1
QB Malik Willis 12-1
— Ben Fawkes (@BFawkes22) May 1, 2022
London should have an immediate impact in Arthur Smith‘s system. In a receiver room in which he has quickly become the lead dog, he will have every opportunity to eclipse 1,000 yards receiving. With Kyle Pitts garnering double teams, the former USC standout should be a reliable second option for Marcus Mariota.
Right behind London is Steelers’ quarterback Kenny Pickett with +600 odds, even though the former Pitt signal caller could spend his rookie season backing up Mitchell Trubisky. It will be shocking if any of the rookie quarterbacks had a season worthy of ROY honors; they’re just not as pro-ready as some other classes have been.
Burks will likely have a similar impact in Tennessee as London will in Atlanta, but the odds reflect the Falcons trotting out Kyle Pitts while the Titans pass catching core boasts Robert Woods as the No. 1 option. Hall was the highest-drafted running back this year, but New York’s offense shouldn’t be explosive enough for him to threaten London. Also on the board is the Jets’ wide receiver Garrett Wilson at +850 and Seahawks running back Kenneth Walker III at +900.
There are several long shots, too — Saints wide receiver Chris Olave, Packers wide receiver Christian Watson and Lions wide receiver Jameson Williams are all at 10-1 odds. Titans quarterback Malik Willis is an even longer shot at 12-1. London should have an excellent chance to be the Falcons first rookie of the year since Matt Ryan won the award in 2008.
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