Ariel Epstein, Minty Bets and Jared Quay discuss their top picks for 2022 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.
ARIEL EPSTEIN: Welcome to Yahoo Sportsbook. Alongside Minty Bets and Jared Quay, I'm Ariel Epstein. The football season it's almost here. We've got to start looking at some of these young and up-and-coming players. Who is going to win Offensive Rookie of the Year? That's the question we're going to try to answer today. Minty, you go first. Who is your pick for offensive rookie of the year?
MINTY BETS: My pick for Offensive Rookie of the Year will be Treylon Burks at plus 750. This guy is a beast. He's one of the best receivers in the nation when he played for Arkansas. He's got gigantic hands. He's extremely tall, fast, and he can do it all. Burks is going to be the main target for Tannehill now that the Titans have lost AJ Brown, which means he's going to have a lot of production his rookie year. And I love the value at plus 750.
ARIEL EPSTEIN: Jared, if there is somebody who, at Yahoo Sportsbook, I could say, hey who is going to make the best transition from the college level to the pro level, I'd have to trust you, Mr. Miami. Who's your Offensive Rookie of the Year?
JARED QUAY: I have no idea. No. No, it's an impossible thing to really predict, 'cause you never know how people are going to transition to the NFL. But I think the best pick here as far as odds go, is Kenny Pickett. He's the only quarterback in the first round. Obviously the Steelers haven't had to worry about a quarterback since Big Ben's been playing forever. But he started as a rookie, I think Kenny Pickett can.
You add the receiving corps of Chase Claypool, Diontae Johnson, and Pickens, who's another rookie, I think that he will have enough opportunities to throw the ball to have a good rookie season. And I mean again, it's a shot in the dark, but I think Kenny Pickett being the only starting quarterback, I think, possibly, of the rookies, probably most likely.
ARIEL EPSTEIN: All of these really feel like shots in the dark because you're really looking for somebody who you've never seen at the next level before. I'm going with a wide receiver that really looked as if he was ready for the next level in college, many years of college, in fact. And that's Ohio State's wide receiver, former wide receiver, Chris Olave, who's now with the New Orleans Saints.
He has a quarterback in Jameis Winston who is going to throw the ball a lot, even though he does have a running back in Alvin Kamara. I look at these offenses similar to how I look at the Minnesota Vikings, the Cincinnati Bengals. Both they're rookie wide receivers, Ja'marr Chase and Justin Jefferson, had great seasons their rookie year. Even though there was a lot of other running backs and wide receivers in the mix, those rookies still were able to stand out, not getting double covered.
Olave also led Ohio State in receiving touchdowns. He led Ohio State in 2019 and 2020 in receiving yards. Oh, and let's not forget, the chip on his shoulder that his teammate, Garrett Wilson, went the pick before him in the draft. Yeah, I like Chris Olave at 10 to 1.
Here's a recap of our picks. Jared's going with Kenny Pickett. Minty is going with Treylon Burks. I'm going with Chris Olave. Bet $10 and win $200 in free bets by signing up at betMGM.com/YahooVIP. New customers only, must be 21 or older. Terms apply.