NFL Betting Trends- 2013 NFL Rookie of the Year Futures Odds
Following the 2013 NFL draft Bookmaker recently released futures odds for 13 players and the field as far winning next season’s AP Rookie of the Year award by making the biggest impact for their new team. Last season it was a three-way race between rookie quarterbacks with Robert Griffin III edging-out Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson to take top honors. There are a couple of quarterbacks on this year’s list but 2013 could be the year of the receiver with number of wide-outs and tight ends considered among the favorites.
Heading that list is former West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin, who was drafted eighth overall by St. Louis after offensive and defensive lineman filled out the first seven selections in the draft. He has been opened as the odds-on-favorite to win Rookie of the Year at +300. The Rams actually traded-up with Buffalo to get Austin so you know right off the bat he is going to be an instrumental part of an offense that finished the regular season ranked 18th in the NFL in passing yards per game.
The team’s leading receiver in 2012, Danny Amendola is now with New England so Austin should open the regular season in the No.1 wide receiver position. The Rams also drafted his teammate at West Virginia, Stedman Bailey in the third round. These two receivers formed quite the duo for the Mountaineers last season with each hauling-in 114 receptions for a combined 2,911 yards and 37 touchdowns.
The next two favorites to win this award at +800 are tight end Tyler Eifert, who went 21st overall to Cincinnati and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who was selected by Houston with the 27th overall pick. Eifert played his college ball at Notre Dame and at 6-foot-5, 250 lbs. adds some tremendous size to go along with an incredible pair of hands. He will join former 2010 first-round pick tight end Jermaine Gresham to take a page out of Bill Belichick’s playbook with the use of a double tight-end set in New England. More and more teams are starting to realize the value of having bookend tight-ends that can run-block, stay in to protect the quarterback on certain downs as well as control the middle of the field because of their size and sure hands.
Hopkins is a dynamic playmaker that can make a potent Houston offensive attack led by Arian Foster on the ground and Andre Johnson through the air, all that much better. Quarterback Matt Schaub may have a tough time keeping everyone happy with just one football, but the former Clemson Tiger is a threat to take it all the way to house any time he gets his hands on it so head coach Gary Kubiak will be sure get him as many touches as possible.
Along with New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith, there are three other players at +1000 to win the AP Rookie of the Year award including running backs Eddie Lacy and Giovani Bernard and tight end Zach Ertz. There is some tremendous value in all four of these players considering that they were passed over in the first round to fall into the second round. Ertz, who played for Stanford, went to Philadelphia with the third pick in the round followed by Cincinnati taking Bernard fifth (37th overall). Next to go at seventh was Smith and Lacy lasted all the way to the 29th pick of the second round when he went to Green Bay.
Of the four, the best value has to be with Lacy, who followed in Trent Richardson’s footsteps at Alabama. The Packers are in desperate need of adding a major boost to a running game that was ranked 20th in the NFL last season. He should get every chance in the world to try and bring back some balance to a pass-happy attack led by Aaron Rodgers.
Some other names of note include Buffalo quarterback EJ Manual at +1200, Minnesota wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson at +1500 and Philadelphia quarterback Matt Barkley as a +2500 longshot. The field bet for this futures prop is +250.
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