The 2022 NFL campaign is approximately a quarter of the way through completion. Several offensive rookies have already made their impact felt across the league. First-round wide receivers are currently stealing the show with consistent weekly performances. A quarterback may emerge in the NFL OROY rice as Kenny Pickett prepares to officially begin his era as Pittsburgh’s starting quarterback. This overall class appears as talented as ever.
The NFL futures prop betting landscape for the 2022 NFL OROY has officially begun to take shape. BetOnline recently updated their odds. The top 12 are as follows:
- Chris Olave (+400)
- Dameon Pierce (+650)
- Drake London (+650)
- Kenny Pickett (+750)
- Romeo Doubs (+800)
- George Pickens (+900)
- Breece Hall (10/1)
- Garrett Wilson (10/1)
- Isiah Pacheco (20/1)
- Jahan Dotson (20/1)
- Rachaad White (33/1)
- Malik Willis (33/1)
THE FAVORITE AND MY PICK: CHRIS OLAVE
New Orleans Saints rookie wide receiver Chris Olave leads all first-year pass-catchers in receptions (21) and receiving yards (335). Olave has recorded 67-plus receiving yards in three consecutive showings. He effectively served as New Orleans’ No. 1 receiver in Michael Thomas‘ absence this past Sunday in a hard-fought overseas loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Olave led the Saints in targets for the third straight week.
Olave’s target share was 32.5% in Week 2, 33.3% in Week 3, and 25.0% in Week 4. Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael views Olave as a go-to weapon in his passing offense despite the Saints’ embarrassment of riches at receiver. There’s no logical reason to believe Olave is going to become less involved as the season progresses. This type of volume should aid Olave in his quest to capture OROY honors. Olave would become the second straight receiver to win the award following Ja’Marr Chase’s triumph last season.
A WORTHY NO. 1 CONTENDER: DAMEON PIERCE
The Houston Texans are finally unleashing rookie running back Dameon Pierce. Pierce enjoyed the most successful showing of his young career in Houston’s 34-24 Week 4 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. Pierce gained 131 rushing yards on 14 attempts. He scored an explosive 75-yard touchdown and averaged 9.4 yards per carry. It served as a preview of what was to come.
Pierce’s rushing totals have actually increased with each passing contest. Pierce’s four rushing outputs are as follows: 33, 69, 80, 131. It signals clear-cut improvement. Pierce has scored a touchdown in consecutive contests. Pierce is also beginning to see more volume in the passing game. The former Florida standout secured six receptions on six targets Sunday. The receiving yards output (eight) was abysmal, but they will improve with continued involvement.
Houston’s coaching staff is finally admitting that Pierce is a far more talented runner than the aging Rex Burkhead. Pierce has taken over this backfield. Continued results similar to what we witnessed on Sunday would catapult Pierce to the forefront of the OROY conversation.
DON’T FORGET ABOUT: ROMEO DOUBS
Green Bay Packers rookie receiver Romeo Doubs has been one of the league’s finest first-year surprises. Through four contests, Doubs leads all Packers receivers in targets (24), receptions (19), receiving yards (184), and touchdowns (two, tied with Allen Lazard). It’s tough to argue with those results.
Doubs should continue getting better as the season progresses. The former Nevada standout has totaled 120 receiving yards and two touchdowns in his last two showings. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is targeting Doubs with consistency.
The Packers entered the campaign searching for a new go-to receiver in the wake of Davante Adams‘ shocking offseason departure. Many expected second-round rookie Christian Watson to emerge from the shadows. That hasn’t been the case as Doubs, a fourth-round rookie, has outperformed Watson in every area imaginable. Doubs is an intriguing sleeper for this year’s OROY award.