The first two picks of the 2021 NFL Draft made Thursday night went exactly as most expected, so it shouldn't amaze anybody that the No. 1 selection began Friday morning as the favorite to win Offensive Rookie of the Year honors for the upcoming season. You may, however, be surprised when you see who is second on that list and how close he is to becoming the overall favorite by summer.
If certain analysts and bettors are correct, meanwhile, the Dallas Cowboys may ultimately be viewed as big winners from April 29 after they traded with a division rival to acquire a game-changer on the defensive side of the ball.
(All lines accurate on BetOnline.ag as of April 30)
Defensive Rookie of the Year odds
The Cowboys allowed the Philadelphia Eagles to trade up to pick No. 10 and select dynamic wide receiver DeVonta Smith. Dallas then went down two selections and grabbed Penn State's Micah Parsons, who begins his pro career as the favorite to win Defensive Rookie of the Year at +400.
Standout pass rusher Jaelan Phillips stayed put by going from the Miami Hurricanes to the Miami Dolphins and is +700 to win the award. That could prove to be a steal of a wager if -- and it's a big "if" -- Phillips stays healthy throughout his rookie campaign.
Michigan's Kwity Paye went viral after he was selected by the Indianapolis Colts and will be easy to root for at +750:
New Colts pass rusher Kwity Paye telling his mother that she’s done working and will be retiring is an amazing moment pic.twitter.com/Bti1MHWBmn— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 30, 2021
Are bettors sleeping on Patrick Surtain II? The Alabama Crimson Tide product landed with the Denver Broncos via pick No. 9 and may be the best cornerback of his class but sits at +1000 to win DROTY.
Offensive Rookie of the Year odds
Naturally, first-overall pick and new Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence is the leader in the clubhouse at +350. Zach Wilson went to the New York Jets with the following pick, and the San Francisco 49ers happily acquired Trey Lance via selection No. 3. However, it's Chicago Bears signal-caller Justin Fields who is behind Lawrence on the OROTY list at a modest +450. Bettors seemingly aren't convinced former Cincinnati Bengals starter Andy Dalton will be Chicago's QB1 for long.
To compare, Wilson is +750, while Lance is third at +550.
Mac Jones fell to the New England Patriots at pick No. 15 and may have a new chip added to one of his shoulders when he learns he's +700 to win this award.
The perfect match.— NFL UK (@NFLUK) April 30, 2021
Bill Belichick Mac Jones. pic.twitter.com/VVZyZ8xqAU
Those of you who fancy non-quarterbacks may take a flier on wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (+1000), who has vowed to "break every receiving record they got at the Bengals" playing alongside LSU teammate and quarterback Joe Burrow, or Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts (+1100). Some viewed Pitts as the best overall offensive product of this draft class.
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