Since the NFL Draft has come and gone, it's time to seriously start preparing for the upcoming NFL season. One way to do that is to analyze how well each team did in the draft. This process will go a long way toward helping you assign a power rating to each respective team before the new season starts.
The fine folks at DraftKings and FanDuel have released the odds for both Offensive Rookie of the Year and Defensive Rookie of the Year for the 2022-23 NFL season. Let's take a look at the odds and then give out our best bets for these prestigious awards.
Updated Odds from DraftKings SportsBook
|Kenneth Walker III||+1200|
Updated Odds from FanDuel SportsBook
Best Available Odds: +750 at DraftKings
We were tempted to go with either Kenny Pickett or Drake London in this spot, but we settled on Burks. It's a bit surprising to see Pickett as the favorite, especially since he probably won't be the Week 1 starter for the Steelers. Drake London is an absolute freak, but the Falcons are going to be terrible once again this year so it's difficult to see him posting eye-popping numbers.
We feel that Burks is in a great situation with the Titans, who are a run-heavy team that likes to gouge defenses with the play-action pass. The former Arkansas stud wideout has excellent size (6-3,225) and can out-physical any defensive back in the league. He also runs a 4.5 40, which is pretty impressive for a guy of his stature.
Veteran QB Ryan Tannehill is going to love throwing the deep post and deep go routes to Burks. Assuming that All-World RB Derrick Henry will be healthy in 2022, Burks should have some matchup advantages. When defenses try to load the box to slow Henry down, Burks should have an easier time getting open down the field.
Folks in Nashville were shocked when the Titans sent A.J. Brown to the Eagles in a draft-day trade. However, we think Burks can put up numbers that are similar to what Brown put up during his rookie campaign in 2019 (1,051 receiving and 9 total TDs). If Burks produces that well, he'll get serious consideration for Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Best Available Odds: +5000 at FanDuel
Lots of people forgot all about Pickens after he suffered a gruesome ACL tear before the 2021 season. The good news is that the former University of Georgia star is now fully healthy and he even played in 4 games for the Bulldogs last season. Through only 24 career games at Georgia, Pickens amassed 90 receptions for 1,347 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns.
There's no denying that Pickens is a special talent. He runs a 4.4 40 and is 6-3 and 200 pounds. Pickens will have to share receptions with Pittsburgh's other two big receivers in Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool, but he should get lots of opportunities lining up as the slot receiver.
At 50 to 1 odds, we think Pickens is definitely worth a small wager. We think he'll put up some respectable numbers regardless of whether it's Mitchell Trubisky or Kenny Pickett lining up under center.
Best Available Odds: +500 at FanDuel
We went chalk with our DROY prediction last year and it paid off, as Micah Parsons easily took home the award after a stellar first year in Big D. We'll employ that same strategy again this year with Aidan Hutchinson, who should make an immediate impact for the Detroit Lions.
"Hutch" went from virtual obscurity to racking up 14 sacks and finishing 2nd in the 2021 Heisman Trophy voting. He was a big reason why Michigan had such a great season in 2021. Hutchinson is 6-6 and 265 pounds with a freakishly fast first step.
The Lions only registered 30 sacks in 2021, which ranked 30th in the league. With Hutchinson flying off the edge, that will change this season. We expect double digits in sacks and a DROY trophy on Hutch's mantle at the end of the 2022-23 season.
Best Available Odds: +1000 at DraftKings
Okay, 10 to 1 isn't really a long shot so we renamed this pick a "midrange bet". Stingley has all of the tools to be a Pro Bowl NFL cornerback, which is why the Texans took him with the third overall pick in the draft. This kid has the same type of covering ability as another former LSU standout, Patrick Peterson.
Houston finished 30th in the NFL in yards per completion allowed, so look for offenses to try and exploit their secondary once again in 2022. That should give Stingley plenty of chances for interceptions this season. We could easily see Stingley winding up with six or seven interceptions this season, which would give him a legitimate chance of winning the DROY!