27 October 2020

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3 Early Candidates for NFL Offensive ROTY

The 2020 draft class was one of the most all-around stacked classes we have seen in some time especially on offense. Featuring a solid quarterback class, and an offensive line class that saw seven lineman taken in the first round.

Most notably the draft showcased one of the deepest receiving classes in some time featuring 13 receivers taken in the first two rounds setting a record and 37 total receivers were taken resulting in another record. With so many great players it will be a close race for offensive rookie of the year, a race that may go down as one of the best of all time. Here are three top candidates who have a good chance to win the award or who’s college dominance will transfer to the big league.

#3  Henry Ruggs III, Las Vegas Raiders

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Wide Receiver 

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Henry Ruggs III got placed into a situation where any top receiver would have liked to end up with as he got picked up by one of the biggest teams who needed a number 1 receiver. Ruggs now enters the 2020 season as the man in the receiving core as a rookie considering the Raiders did take two other receivers in the draft.

Ruggs was always the sidekick at Alabama as he was lined up opposite Jerry Judy who was a top-3 receiver in the draft however, things can change as Ruggs now has the spotlight on him in the bright lights of Las Vegas. With his blazing 4.27 seconds on his 40-yard dash Las Vegas now has a receiver who can take a 5-yard slant for a 60-yard touchdown along with being the most exciting player after the catch simply because of his elusiveness and quickness.

Rookie Stat Prediction: 55 receptions, 1,027 receiving yards. and 5 touchdowns

#2 CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys 

Wide Receiver

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CeeDee was one of the most hyped receivers heading into the draft and was considered by some draft experts as the best receiver in the draft. During the draft Lamb took a fall in his stock considering many projected he was a top-12 pick and suddenly fell in the lap of the Cowboys. Lamb recorded 1,327 receiving yards on 62 receptions and 14 touchdowns, all personal records and he now goes to a team where quarterback Dak Prescott will play with a chip on his shoulder. Although playing with players like Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup at times may seem like he won’t get enough touches, but when you’re a player like Lamb you will find a way to get the ball as he can become the 2nd option under Cooper, exactly what Dallas needs.

Rookie Stat Prediction: 49 receptions, 984 receiving yards, 4 touchdowns

#1 Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals 

 Quarterback

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Burrow now enters the league as the most hyped rookie as he will try to lead Cincinnati back to the playoff team they once were and become the face of the future. Burrow without a doubt is the clear front runner for his performance in his final year at LSU recording 5,671 and a NCAA record of 60 touchdowns a quarterbacks dream stat line. He should have no problem putting up numbers with some solid weapons around him like John Ross, Tyler Boyd, and A.J. Green who is coming back healthy after he tore a ligament in his ankle. With Andy Dalton now out of the picture Burrow is the starter for 2020 and has a good chance of doing well considering the Bengals have the sixth easiest schedule in the league. Despite the easy schedule Burrow may just be like last season’s OROY Kyler Murray who was playing at a solid level but wasn’t close to a playoff push.

Stat Prediction: 66% completion percentage, 4,089 yards, and 17 touchdowns

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