NFL Rookie of the Year Odds 2023

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Betting odds on the winners of this year’s NFL rookie of the year awards are available. On the offensive side, Atlanta Falcons RB Bijan Robinson is the early favorite. Houston Texans LB Will Anderson is at the top of the charts on defense.

As the offseason moves along and the 2023-24 NFL season approaches, we can expect to see some movement in the odds. The same will hold true once the games that matter get underway. Here’s a look at what you need to know about betting on the NFL rookie of the year.

2023-24 NFL rookie of the year odds

As the 2023 NFL draft was winding down, legal online sportsbooks wasted little time unveiling odds for the winners of the NFL rookie of the year awards for the upcoming season. Let’s take a look at the current favorites.

2023 Offensive Rookie of the Year favorites

PlayerPositionTeam Opening Odds
Bijan RobinsonRBAtlanta Falcons+250
Bryce YoungQBCarolina Panthers+500
Anthony RichardsonQBIndianapolis Colts+600
CJ StroudQBHouston Texans+750
Jaxon Smith-NjigbaWRSeattle Seahawks+800
Jahmyr GibbsRBDetroit Lions+900
Jordan AddisonWRMinnesota Vikings+1700
Zay FlowersWRBaltimore Ravens+1800

Robinson went eighth overall to the Falcons and could see a hefty workload in his first pro season. Young was the top overall selection, while the Colts picked Richardson at No. 4.

2023 Defensive Rookie of the Year favorites

PlayerPositionTeamOpening Odds
Will AndersonLBHouston Texans+350
Jalen CarterDTPhiladelphia Eagles+650
Tyree WilsonLBLas Vegas Raiders+800
Devon WitherspoonCBSeattle Seahawks+900
Christian GonzalezCBNew England Patriots+950
Jack CampbellLBDetroit Lions+1400
Emmanuel ForbesCBWashington Commanders+1400
Lukas Van NessLBGreen Bay Packers+1500
Nolan SmithLBPhiladelphia Eagles+1600
Will McDonald IVDENew York Jets+1800

The Texans picked Anderson third overall. Wilson went seventh to the Raiders, and Carter went ninth to the Eagles.

NFL Rookie of the Year odds last updated: May 25, 2023

How to bet on the NFL rookies of the year

Following the NFL draft, sportsbooks will unveil odds on the Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year award winners for the upcoming season.

The wager requires a long-term perspective, as it won’t settle until we know who’s won. As an example, a $100 winning wager on a player at odds of +800 would bring back a profit of $800, while a winning $100 bet at +300 would return $300 in profit.

Who were the top picks at the most recent NFL draft?

While a lofty draft spot is not a prerequisite for winning ROY honors, it certainly doesn’t hurt the chances. Here are the top 10 picks from the 2023 NFL draft.

PickTeamPlayerPositionCollegeOpening Odds
1Carolina PanthersBryce YoungQBAlabama+475
2Houston TexansCJ StroudQBOhio State+700
3Houston TexansWill AndersonLBAlabama+350
4Indianapolis ColtsAnthony RichardsonQBFlorida+1200
5Seattle SeahawksDevon WitherspoonCBIllinois+900
6Arizona CardinalsParis JohnsonOTOhio StateNA
7Las Vegas RaidersTyree WilsonLBTexas Tech+800
8Atlanta FalconsBijan RobinsonRBTexas+300
9Philadelphia EaglesJalen CarterDTGeorgia+800
10Chicago BearsDarnell WrightOTTennesseeNA

Recent NFL ROY winners 

Every season, a lot of talented players enter the NFL, and many go on to make their mark on the league. If we look back over the past decade of NFL rookie of the year winners, there’s no shortage of name recognition or impact players.

2022 – OffenseGarrett WilsonWRNew York Jets
2022 – DefenseAhmad GardnerCBNew York Jets
2021 – OffenseJa’Marr ChaseWRCincinnati Bengals
2021 – DefenseMicah ParsonsLBDallas Cowboys
2020 – OffenseJustin HerbertQBLos Angeles Chargers
2020 – DefenseChase YoungDEWashington Commanders
2019 – OffenseKyler MurrayQBArizona Cardinals
2019 – DefenseNick BosaDESan Francisco 49ers
2018 – OffenseSaquon BarkleyRBNew York Giants
2018 – DefenseDarius LeonardLBIndianapolis Colts
2017 – OffenseAlvin KamaraRBNew Orleans Saints
2017 – DefenseMarshon LattimoreCBNew Orleans Saints
2016 – OffenseDak PrescottQBDallas Cowboys
2016 – DefenseJoey BosaDESan Diego Chargers
2015 – OffenseTodd GurleyRBSt. Louis Rams
2015 – DefenseMarcus PetersCBKansas City Chiefs
2014 – OffenseOdell Beckham Jr.WRNew York Giants
2014 – DefenseAaron DonaldDTSt Louis Rams
2013 – OffenseEddie LacyRBGreen Bay Packers
2013 – DefenseSheldon RichardsonDENew York Jets

Which position is the best bet for rookie of the year?

Since 1967, there have been two main Rookie of the Year awards annually, one for offensive players and another for defenders. Here’s the position breakdown of winners on both sides of the ball since that point.

Historically, running backs hold a massive edge, but the distribution has been much more level over the past decade. Of the past 10 winners, there have been four running backs, three quarterbacks and three wide receivers.

On an all-time basis, linebackers have racked up the most awards by a wide margin. However, the split also evens out here over the last 10 years: four defensive ends, three cornerbacks, two linebackers and one defensive tackle.


How many times has the first overall NFL draft pick won a rookie of the year award?

This has happened six times, with the most recent occurring in 2019 when Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray won the award. Of the six players in this exclusive group, the breakdown is three each for quarterbacks and running backs.

Has a rookie ever won the NFL MVP award?  

The legendary Jim Brown is the only player who has won the award in his rookie season. The Cleveland Browns RB rushed for 1,133 yards and 10 TDs over 12 games, easily winning rookie of the year honors, as well.

Who was the last rookie of the year to appear in the Super Bowl in the same season?

Cincinnati Bengals WR Ja’Marr Chase was the offensive rookie of the year for the 2021 season. The Bengals went on a run through the AFC playoffs before falling to the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl.