The 2020 NFL draft featured several high-profile first-round picks on the offensive side of the ball, led by LSU quarterback Joe Burrow (Bengals) at No. 1 overall and concluding with his college teammate, running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (Chiefs) at No. 32.
Several wide receivers came off the board in between and a slew of running backs heard their names called in the second round.
But which player is the best bet to win next season’s Offensive Rookie of the Year?
Joe Burrow, QB, Bengals (+250)
Burrow is a safe bet because he’s one of the few offensive rookies who is a lock to start in Week 1. He also has a pretty strong cast of skill players to throw the ball to in AJ Green, Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins and Joe Mixon. He should find early success even if it takes a few weeks for him to acclimate to the NFL game.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Chiefs (+800)
Like Burrow, Edwards-Helaire ranks high on this list because of his expected volume of touches. Chiefs coach Andy Reid will use the LSU star as a Brian Westbrook-type in Kansas City, which means a lot of touches, yards and touchdowns to the hard-to-tackle running back.
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Dolphins (+800)
Tagovailoa has to be on this list because of his status as a top-5 pick, but there’s a chance he won’t even play in 2020. The Dolphins could decide to ride Ryan Fitzpatrick and let Tagovailoa get healthier than he’s been in several seasons, let alone recover from the hip injury he suffered last November.
D’Andre Swift, RB, Lions (+900)
Swift’s chance at winning Offensive Rookie of the Year will largely depend on the status of Kerryon Johnson, who the Lions selected in the second round just two years ago. Swift is a more naturally gifted runner than Johnson and will eventually assume the RB1 duties in Detroit, but by the time he does, it may be too little too late for his OROY chances.
Jonathan Taylor, RB, Colts (+950)
Taylor, like Swift, will be in a fight for carries with Marlon Mack, who had a fantastic season in 2019. Mack ran for 1,091 yards and eight touchdowns (4.4 yards per carry). He won’t be completely eliminated from the game plan. But Taylor’s upside as a slasher with home-run ability is too high to keep on the bench. He’ll have to make the most of his carries to challenge for the hardware.