Jacksonville Jaguars drafted LSU running back Leonard Fournette in hopes that he can bounce back from a nagging ankle injury that plagued him throughout his final college football season as he prepares to make his NFL debut. Fournette has been installed as a +450 favorite to claim 2017 offensive rookie of the year honors.
Fournette was limited to just seven appearances with the LSU Tigers in 2016, accumulating just 843 rushing yards and eight TDs after recording 2,206 total yards and 23 scores in 2015. Despite last season’s struggles, Fournette was selected fourth in this year’s NFL Draft by Jacksonville, where he is expected to battle for playing time with veterans TJ Yeldon and Chris Ivory.
Another versatile running comes up second on the odds board for the offensive rookie of the year props betting. Christian McCaffrey of the Carolina Panthers has +550 odds after a pair of standout seasons at Stanford, including a spectacular 2,664 total-yard season in 2015.
McCaffrey joins a backfield led by veteran Jonathan Stewart, who has over 2,500 total rushing yards over the past three NFL seasons despite missing 14 games due to injury.
Houston Texans quarterback DeShaun Watson sits alongside McCaffrey at +550, followed by Minnesota Vikings rusher Dalvin Cook at +700, while Tennessee Titans wide receiver Corey Davis rounds out the top of the odds at +800.
Watson engineered Clemson’s drive to its first national championship victory since 1981, and finished third in the nation with 4,593 passing yards and 41 touchdowns in 2016. Watson was already a star by his sophomore season, throwing for over 4,100 yards and guiding the Tigers to a College Football Playoff berth.
Following three solid seasons at Florida State, Cook will be expected to help fill the void left by the departure of former NFL MVP and future Hall-of-Famer Adrian Peterson, but will face stiff competition for playing time in the Vikings backfield from Latavius Murray, who joins the Vikings after three seasons in Oakland.
Davis was selected fifth by Tennessee after recording over 1,400 receiving yards in each of his past three seasons with Western Michigan, and is expected to be given every opportunity to earn a starting job in his NFL rookie campaign with the Titans.
Trailing the favorites, Los Angeles Chargers receiver Mike Williams from Clemson joins Cincinnati rusher Joe Mixon at +1200, ahead of Green Bay Packers RB Jamaal Williams.