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Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Trent Richardson went 1-2-3 in this year’s National Football League entry draft, and they’re also the top three players on the current Bovada odds to win the league’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award in 2012.
Luck, the new starting quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts who was the top pick in the draft, leads the way at 9/4 on those prop odds at Bovada, and he’ll be tasked with replacing Indianapolis legend Peyton Manning for the franchise this season. The Stanford product hasn’t looked out of place on the NFL gridiron so far in the preseason.
Griffin III is next at 4/1 odds, and he’s also entering the season as a rookie starting quarterback – but with the Washington Redskins there’s no legend to replace. Griffin III has been up and down in the preseason but did manage to beat out Luck for the Heisman Trophy with Baylor last year.
Richardson was the third pick in the draft and finished third in last year’s Heisman voting, and the running back is expected to carry a heavy load for the Cleveland Browns this season – if his knee can hold up. Richardson had a knee scope in the preseason and could see a limited workload in the opening weeks of the year. He’s at 6/1 to win the ROY award.
Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon and Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson are then both at 10/1 on the odds to win the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award, while Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden and Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill are back at 18/1.
On the other side of the ball, Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly is the 9/2 favorite on the odds at Bovada to win the league’s Defensive Rookie of the Year award this season; Kuechly was the ninth-overall selection out of Boston College at this year’s draft.
Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones (6/1), Cowboys defensive back Morris Claiborne (8/1), Ravens linebacker Courtney Upshaw (10/1), and Chargers defensive end Melvin Ingram (10/1) are the other top contenders to win that award on the current odds.