The two NFL quarterbacks with the best Rookie of the Year odds might surprise you

Mitchell Trubisky might've been the first quarterback selected in the NFL Draft this year, but apparently, oddsmakers aren't expecting much out of him during his rookie season in Chicago. 

According to the online sportsbook at Bovada.com, there are a total of two quarterbacks who have better Rookie of the Year odds than Trubisky, and at least one of those names will probably surprise you: Cleveland's DeShone Kizer.  

Although Kizer was the fourth quarterback taken in the draft, he's been given the second-best odds (12-to-1) out of any quarterback to take home the Offensive Rookie of the Year award. 

Of course, you might not want to bet on Kizer, because for him to win the award, two things are going to have to happen: He's going to have to win the starting job in Cleveland, and the Browns are actually going to have to be good.   

That second thing is almost definitely not going to happen -- at least not this year -- and it's also pretty difficult to imagine Kizer winning the starting QB job. Right now, he appears to be behind Cody Kessler and Brock Osweiler on the Browns' depth chart.   

Besides Kizer, Houston's Deshaun Watson also has better Rookie of the Year odds than Trubisky. The Texans' new quarterback, who was selected 12th overall, is being given 6-to-1 odds to win the award, which is the third-best odds of any player at any position. 

The only knock on Watson so far is that Donald Trump might have jinxed him. During Clemson's visit to the White House on Monday, Trump said that Watson is going to be a "great NFL player."

Let's just say that the last time Trump decided to tout a quarterback, things didn't work out so well. 

Although Watson has the best ROY odds of any quarterback, there are actually two players who have better odds overall, and they both play the same position: running back.

After watching a running back take home the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year award in two of the past four seasons, it's pretty clear that oddsmakers are expecting it to happen again in 2017. 

The top two favorites to take home the award this year are Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey

Fournette, who was selected by the Jaguars with the fourth pick in the NFL Draft, is the overall favorite to win the award at 7-2 odds.  

McCaffrey, who was selected by the Panthers with the No. 8 pick, saw his Rookie of the Year odds open up at 5-1. Overall, running backs represent three of the top four favorites to win the award, with Vikings running back Dalvin Cook listed as the fourth overall favorite at 8-1. 

One season after Dak Prescott came out of nowhere to win the ROY award in 2016, oddsmakers don't seem too confident that a late-round pick will win the award in 2017. Only two players who weren't selected in the first or second round made Bovada's list of top candidates: Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt and Packers running back Jamaal Williams

Williams, a fourth round pick out of Brigham Young, has the seventh-best odds at 12-to-1. As for Hunt, the third-round pick out of Toledo has the 12th-best odds at 20-to-1. 

Curiously, one player left off Bovada's Rookie of the Year list was Bengals wide receiver John Ross. Although Ross was a top-10 pick who will be joining an explosive Bengals offense in Cincinnati, the former Washington wide receiver wasn't listed as one of the top 16 favorites to win the award. 

On the other hand, Ross' new teammate in Cincinnati, Joe Mixon, is one of the top 10 favorites to win the award. The controversial running back is being given 12-to-1 odds to take home Offensive Rookie of the Year, which ties him with Jamaal Williams and San Diego's Mike Williams for seventh-best odds overall. 

All three players are listed ahead of Trubisky, who's sitting at 14-to-1 odds to take home the award. 

If you're looking for a dark horse to bet on, stay away from Tampa's O.J. Howard and Evan Engram of the Giants. No tight end has ever won the Offensive Rookie of the Year award.

One other tidbit to note: The Chiefs, with Hunt and Patrick Mahomes, are the only team that has two rookies on Bovada's list. 

You can see the full list below. 

Odds on winning the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year award (per Bovada)

Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette: 7/2
Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey: 5/1
Texans QB Deshaun Watson: 6/1
Vikings RB Dalvin Cook: 8/1
Titans WR Corey Davis: 8/1
Browns QB DeShone Kizer: 12/1
Bengals RB Joe Mixon: 12/1
Packers RB Jamaal Williams: 12/1
Chargers WR Mike Williams: 12/1
Bears QB Mitch Trubisky: 14/1
Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard: 16/1
Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt: 20/1
Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes: 20/1
Panthers WR Curtis Samuel: 20/1
Giants TE Evan Engram: 25/1
Bills WR Zay Jones: 25/1 

 

CBS Sports Writer

John Breech has been at CBS Sports since July 2011 and currently spends most of his time writing about the NFL. He's believed to be one of only three people in the world who thinks that Andy Dalton will... Full Bio

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