With less than a month until the NFL season starts it’s about time we talk about this upcoming rookie class. Today I am focusing on the offensive side of the ball, and who I think will stand out amongst the rest. Once again we have another talented group of receivers heading into the league, along with players like Breece Hall & Kenny Pickett. To win Offensive Rookie of the Year you not only have to be talented, you have be able to produce enough on the field to get the enough of the media. Let’s talk about three players who are talented, and also will have a large enough role in their offense to win.
The first guy I want to talk about is the highest drafted player on this list. Drake London is walking into a wonderful opportunity to win rookie of the year with the numbers he can put up in Atlanta. Not only will he be battling for the No. 1 option in this offense, he will be a great red zone threat off the rip. Between Marcus Mariota, and Desmond Ridder, the Falcons quarterback situation certainly isn’t pretty.
Most people talk about Breece Hall when they mention a running back for OROY. While I understand the argument, I think Isaiah Spiller is prime for a great rookie season. On top of his already predicted touches, if anything were to happen to Austin Ekeler, Spiller’s value skyrockets. He has the capability to be a three down back, and more than likely will see a good amount of goal line touches. The Chargers have also invested a lot in their offensive line, so I expect it to perform at a high level alongside Justin Herbert. All this makes for a pretty great combination for Spiller to win Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Chris Olave is one of the most complete receivers in this draft class. His selection kind of reminds me of Terry McLaurin’s selection back in 2019 just not as much of a steal as McLaurin was. They both aren’t necessarily amazing at anything but they are very good at pretty much everything. With all that being said Olave will more than likely fill in as the WR2 in New Orleans right from the jump.
Michael Thomas also is starting the preseason on the PUP list for the Saints, which isn’t the end of the world just yet but could end up being big. Thomas hasn’t been on the field in what feels like two years and STILL isn’t quite ready. Alvin Kamara could be missing games as well due to off the field issues dating back to last season. The targets are going to be available for Olave, and I think he will make the most of them.