Atlanta Falcons receiver Drake London opened as the +500 favorite at Caesars Sportsbook to win 2022 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, but London has taken almost no action thus far. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett, who is +600, has emerged as the most popular choice among bettors. The last time the Steelers took a quarterback in the first round, it worked out pretty well.
London, out of USC, was the first skill position player taken in the 2022 NFL Draft at No. 8 overall and should slot in as the team's top wide receiver option immediately because there's just not much else in Atlanta with Calvin Ridley suspended for the season. The offense will essentially flow through London and tight end Kyle Pitts. Perhaps bettors don't have much faith in new Falcons QB Marcus Mariota getting London the ball much, as London has gotten just one bet for $2 at Caesars thus far. That's crazy. He's now +700.
"It's interesting to see how the public has viewed this market so far," said Adam Pullen, Assistant Director of Trading at Caesars Sportsbook. "London was the first skill-position guy picked in a weak quarterback class, so it makes sense we had him as the favorite. London not getting any attention is interesting. With Ridley out for the year, you'd figure he's going to have a prominent role with the Falcons. But a lot of people like to look for value, they like to take the longer shots on the board. So it's not too surprising, it's a relatively new market we've booked, and we're going to learn a little every year."
While London should start from Day 1, Pickett may not. He'll battle Mitchell Trubisky (and maybe Mason Rudolph) for the starting job in Pittsburgh's camp – Coach Mike Tomlin has said Pickett will be given every chance to win it. He was chosen No. 20 overall, the only QB taken in the first two rounds of the draft. Pickett doesn't even have to change buildings as his alama mater, the University of Pittsburgh, also played at Heinz Field.
Pickett has accounted for 43 percent of all money bet on this prop, easily the most of any player. A bettor in Nevada dropped $5K on him at +700 for potential winnings of $35,000. The last Steelers Offensive Rookie of the Year was QB Ben Roethlisberger in 2004.
"The Pickett bet was a decent bet for something like this," Pullen said. "He's the quarterback for the Steelers, one of the most popular teams that there is, so Steelers money usually comes in no matter what on a variety of different markets. People are also going to be drawn to quarterbacks. Pickett will be thrown into the fire, so all eyes will definitely be on him."
While Pickett has taken the most money overall, second-round Packers receiver Christian Watson has taken the most tickets at 15 percent and has dropped from +1600 to +1000. Naturally, the Packers didn't take a receiver in the first round because they never do, but they've previously had major success with second-round receivers like Davante Adams, Randall Cobb, and Jordy Nelson.
Caesars Sportsbook favorites to win 2022 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year
- Kenny Pickett +600
- Drake London +700
- Garrett Wilson +800
- Breece Hall +800
- Treylon Burks +800
- Christian Watson +1000
- Kenneth Walker +1000
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