- Joe Burrow
One of the more obvious candidates for this award is the number one pick in Joe Burrow. Burrow is now the leader of this franchise one year in. He will need help on offense and hope that Mixion doesn’t hold out for this year. If that happens then it will tough for the Bengals to really balance their offense. Assuming everything goes well for Burrow he should be able to put up solid numbers. He should be the front runner for this award, but the toughness of his division will give the others a chance.
- Tua Tagovailoa
Tua is number two on the list and he looks like a prime candidate for this award. The only thing in his way is injuries. Tua has gotten hurt a lot last year and he cost his team another run at the national championship. If he can stay healthy then his team will be on the way to some wins. Enough wins could put him right into the conversation to get the award.
- CeeDee Lamb
CeeDee Lamb was a steal for the Dallas Cowboys and now he is in a perfect spot for ROY. Now if CD and Dak can connect then the young buck from Oklahoma should be in the race. He is a very aggressive receiver and will help Dak by catching almost everything thrown at him. Not only that, but CD makes big plays with his ability to extend plays. He averaged 21.4 yards per reception at Oklahoma and helped the OU offense tremendously. There is no doubt that he should be able to do the same with the Cowboys explosive offense.
- Jerry Jeudy
Jeudy and CeeDee are very similar in their aspects as a receiver. Although CD was put onto a better team the Jeudy. The Broncos are further away from a playoff appearance and will be a tougher path to he ROY, especially for a receiver. Jeudy had a great career even winning the Fred Biletnikoff Award in 2018. He has been one of the top receivers in college football and will be a tough wide receiver for years to come. For now, he will just be our 4th best on this list until we see him perform.
- Chase Young
Chase is just way too good in college to not put him at the top of this list. The dominant power he had was one of the greatest college football has seen. He had 16.5 sacks and 6 force fumbles in his last year at Ohio State. It was an impressive year for the young man and very entertaining for all college football fans. He should be able to translate nicely into the Redkins defense. If all goes to plan young won’t have any problems grabbing the Rookie of the Year award.
- Isaiah Simmons
Simmons is next on this list because he will be forced into the position of playmaker no matter what happens. The Cardinals ended up with one of the top steals of the draft when Simmons fell to them. He is quick and is very good at reading plays. He is exactly what the Cardinals need to translate their defense up to the next level. If the is able to keep performing he will be on top of this award in no time.
- CJ Henderson
If you’re wondering why we haven’t put Okudah in front of Henderson here it is simply due to our preference. They both are about the same size and play about the same. Although Henderson has played tougher competition and has better footwork then Okudah. With the Jags defensive scheme, they should be able to fit Henderson where Ramsey was. Jacksonville used to have an elite defense, that has slowly been torn down. Now that they are in the rebuilding phase Henderson will be able to play perfectly with the defense.
- Jeff Okudah
Jeff is the last one on this list just barely behind Henderson. Hopefully, this season will be a success for Okudah despite the Lions defense not being very good. Okudah has had a strong year after strong year at Ohio State and should be fine in the NFL. He has excellent talent and has a great football IQ. If this is truly going to be a great year for Jeff, the Lions offense will have to be good enough to rest the defense as well.
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