Five QB’s, Five Futures Odds For NFL Offensive Rookie Of The Year

Written By Nicholaus Garcia on September 12, 2021 - Last Updated on January 18, 2022
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This year’s NFL rookie class, on paper, has the potential to be one of the best. Each quarterback is as decorated as the one next to him. Together, they have a collection of National Championships, quarterback awards, record-setting seasons, and talent both through the air and on the ground.

Last year’s offensive rookie of the year winner was Justin Herbert, QB – Los Angeles Chargers. Herbert finished the season with the following records:

  • Total touchdowns by a rookie QB: 36
  • Most passing touchdowns by a rookie QB: 31

As the NFL betting season kicked off on Sept. 9, PlayUSA has curated an Offensive Rookie Of The Year Tracker to help you follow the futures odds for each quarterback. Here are the current odds:


But before we take a look at the new QB class, let’s give some respect to those that came before.

Other notable NFL rookie QB classes

2001: Michael Vick, Drew Brees

What better way to start a list than with two quarterbacks that reinvented the position? Michael Vick changed football forever. In my personal opinion, he will go down as the first true dual-threat QB ever. Lethal both through the air and on the ground, Vick was selected to the Pro-Bowl four times and still holds NFL records for yards per carry by a QB (7.0) and career rushing yards by a QB (6,109).

Drew Brees broke the traditional quarterback mold. He inspired a generation of athletes by showing them; you don’t have to be 6’6′ – 235 lbs with a rocket arm to be an NFL QB. Coming in at 6ft, 209 lbs, Brees played his 19-year career with only two NFL franchises (San Diego, New Orleans). He went on to become a Super Bowl Champion, offensive player of the year, and 13x Pro-bowler.

2004: Eli Manning, Philip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger

Those that eat, sleep, and breathe football consider this the gold standard for an NFL draft class. Combined, you have a collection of athletes with four Super Bowl titles, 705 regular-season starts, numerous passing records, and pro-bowl selections. Each in their own right could make a case for the NFL Hall of Fame.

2012: Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Tannehill, Russell Wilson, Kirk Cousins, Nick Foles

There was such a wealth of talent in the 2012 class. Andrew Luck was on course to become a Payton Manning-Esq quarterback, but early retirement halted everything. Robert Griffin III was the most electrifying prospect in college football and capped things off with an exciting rookie season. But, unfortunately, several injuries doomed his career.

Russell Wilson and the unlikely Nick Foles are both Super Bowl Champions, while Kirk Cousins and Ryan Tannehill remain starting quarterbacks for their respective franchises.

2017: Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson

Deshaun Watson is the definition of a dual-threat quarterback. He single-handedly changed the trajectory of the Houston Texans franchise. However, his recent off-field troubles have put a sour taste in the mouths of those following his career. Nevertheless, his playing days are far from over, and many expect him to do great things for whichever team takes a chance on him.

Patrick Mahomes has been called many things, but already, many call him the greatest player of his generation. He’s a Super Bowl Champion, MVP, and part franchise owner of the Kansas City Royals (MLB). With a cannon for an arm, Mahomes fell to Kansas City with the No.10 pick and never looked back.

2018: Josh Allen, Lamar Jackson, Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold

The youthfulness of the 2018 draft class means these players will be around for several years. Lamar Jackson is already an NFL MVP. Both Josh Allen and a rejuvenated Baker Mayfield could play their way into consideration at some point.

Sam Darnold has the chance to reinvent himself with his new team, the Carolina Panthers, and has the talent to do so.

The 2021 NFL Offensive Rookie Of The Year Futures Odds

Now, let’s look at some sports betting odds for the offensive rookie of the year award.

Updated: January 18, 2022

We have arrived at the final listing for NFL ROTY, now that all rookie quarterbacks have been eliminated from the playoffs. Mac Jones ends the year as the quarterback favorite, however, Ja’Marr Chase, wider receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals, is the heavy favorite to take home the award.

Regardless, Jones proved himself worthy of consideration leading the New England Patriots into the post-season.

QB Mac Jones, New England Patriots

It was not the ending Mac Jones, or any Patriots fan, saw coming. A complete dismantling by the Buffalo Bills. Jones threw for 232 yards, 2-TDs, and 2-INTs.

Jones ends the 2021 season with 3,801 yards, 22-TDs, 13-INTs, and a passer rating of 92.5.

NJ sportsbook odds: +375 (average) – opening week / +190 (DraftKings Sportsbook) – end season

QB Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars rookie signal called ends the year with 3,641 yards, 12-TDs, 17-INTs, and a passer rating of 71.9.

NJ sportsbook odds: +500 (average) – opening week / +15000 (FanDuel Sportsbook) – end season

QB Zach Wilson, New York Jets

To cap off a rough start to his Jets career, Wilson threw for 2,334 yards, 9-TDs, 11-INTs, with a passer rating of 69.7.

NJ sportsbook odds: +775 (average) – opening week / +15000 (BetMGM Sportsbook) – end season

QB Justin Fields, Chicago Bears

Chicago’s new savior, hopefully, ended his 2021 campaign with 1,870 yards, 7-TDs, 10-INTs, and a passer rating of 73.2.

NJ sportsbook odds: +775 (average) – opening week / +15000 (Caesars Sportsbook) – end season

QB Trey Lance, San Fransisco 49ers

Although the 49ers are still in Super Bowl contention, Lance has been nothing more than an after thought.

Currently, his 2021 numbers are 603 yards, 5-TDs, 2-INTs, and a passer rating of 97.3.

NJ sportsbook odds: +725 (average) – opening week / +10000 (BetMGM Sportsbook) – end season

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Nick has had stints in Chicago and Washington, D.C., writing about politics, financial markets, and sports betting. He graduated from Texas Tech University and completed his master's degree in journalism at Columbia College Chicago.

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