Steelers' Kenny Pickett Leading Candidate to Win OROY
Multiple talented offensive rookies enter the NFL in 2022 who warrant consideration to win Offensive Rookie of the Year.
In what was not a quarterback-heavy draft class in 2022, the Pittsburgh Steelers went out and selected the heir to Ben Roethlisberger in Kenny Pickett, who’s already seeing action on him to take home the ROY award.
The first offensive skilled position player to be drafted in 2022 was wide receiver Drake London, at eighth overall to the Atlanta Falcons. London will join second-year weapon Kyle Pitts and should be a featured target for new Falcons quarterback Marcus Mariota. Nevertheless, the USC product has barely been given any love to win Offensive Rookie of the Year, owning just 1.8% of tickets and 1.6% of the handle. With that, London still holds the second highest odds to win the award at +700 on the BetMGM Sportsbook, behind only Pickett at +500.
Even without Pickett guaranteed the starting job as the Steelers kicked off their training camp at Saint Vincent College last week, that hasn’t stopped bettors from being bullish on the former Pitt Panther. The Steelers were familiar with the homegrown product and feel they have their future answer at the quarterback position. Still, Mitch Trubisky likely entered camp at number one on the depth chart, meaning Pickett will need to impress Mike Tomlin and company to win the starting role. If Pickett can do that, it’s not hard to see him being a big favorite to take home the award, but things will need to work out in his favor in camp and the preseason.
Bet MGM Offensive Rookie of the Year Betting Insights
Highest Ticket%: Kenny Pickett 10.3%
Highest Handle%: Kenny Pickett 17.9%
Biggest Liability: David Bell
Pickett holds the highest ticket and handle percentages, the only offensive rookie in double digits for both. The 20th overall selection has 10.3% of tickets while holding nearly a fifth of the money heading in his direction at 17.9%. Pickett’s handle percentage is over double the second highest number, owned by New York Jets running back Breece Hall (+800) and Green Bay Packers wideout Christian Watson (+850) at 8.6%. Hall and Watson should get opportunities to be difference makers in their respective offenses in 2022, so it’s understandable why the market has been giving them attention.
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