2014 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year: Predictions, Odds, Pick
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Now that the 2014 NFL draft is over with, it’s time to take a look at some of the candidates for offensive rookie of the year. With names like Teddy Bridgewater, Marqise Lee and some guy named Manziel, there are plenty of big names to choose from and several guys who have a real chance to walk away with the hardware.
However, with future bets, you always want to get the most value for your pick. Here are some of the sleepers who have a real chance at rookie of the year.
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Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills – Although Tampa Bay wide receiver Mike Evans is the overall favorite at +300, Watkins has more star power due to his explosive speed. Watkins is not only playing for a Bills offense that is lacking star power, but he also has the potential to make plays on special teams to improve his stock that much more. Watkins is a threat to score any time he touches the ball and he’ll get plenty of chances with Stevie Johnson being traded to the San Francisco 49ers. Evans, on the other hand, will have some of his looks stolen from Vincent Jackson.
Johnny Manziel, QB, Cleveland Browns – Not sure how the most popular quarterback possibly ever is +750, but we’ll bite. After all, Manziel’s price is only going to drop once he makes a few plays that have the Dog Pound going crazy. Don’t listen to the reports that Manziel isn’t going to be the starter, as the pressure to start him sooner than later is going to be overwhelming. Also, I’m not that concerned with Josh Gordon likely being suspended considering Manziel is a playmaker who will thrive with or without the star receiver. Trust me, you don’t want to be the only person out there who didn’t throw Manziel a bone if he lives up to the insane expectations.
Bishop Sankey, RB, Tennessee Titans – If we’re looking for value, Sankey is your guy. With Chris Johnson now a New York Jet, the Titans current running backs include Jackie Battle, Shonn Greene and Leon Washington, three backs who didn’t rush for more than 300 yards last season. Needless to say, Sankey will have more than a punchers chance to start right away as a rookie. Sankey does a nice job of catching the ball out of the backfield and has shifty moves in the open field that can lead to big plays. At +1500, Sankey is worth a few dollars.
Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins – If you’ve never seen Landry play, look up some of his catches on Youtube. The Dolphins got a steal with Landry, a receiver who catches everything in sight. The Dolphins have their two main receivers in Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline, Landry will be the slot receiver and more of Ryan Tannehill’s security blanket. Landry will open up the middle of the field and will be a red zone target as well. While Landry isn’t as flashy as other names on the list, he has a chance to be just as productive. I’ll take my chances at +3300.
Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina Panthers – Can you name one wide receiver on the Panthers? No? Didn’t think so. Benjamin is a rookie out of Florida State, who stands in a 6’5”, gets down the field in a hurry and catches just about anything thrown his way. Benjamin was crucial in the Seminoles winning the national championship last season and he’ll certainly make Cam Newton extremely happy. With odds of +1400, Benjamin is easily one of the better value plays on the board.