Aug 17, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams wide receiver Tavon Austin (11) points down field after catching a pass against the Green Bay Packers during the first half at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Tavon Austin Favored To Win Offensive Rookie Of The Year


The gambling website Bovada.lv distributed its leaguewide award odds Tuesday morning and Austin is at the top of the list for the Offensive Rookie of the Year award. The Rams traded up from 16 to eight in order to get Austin, the biggest playmaker in the draft. Hopefull he will live up to all the hype and potential.

It’s already a lot of pressure being selected in the top ten, it’s even more pressure when a team trades up to get you, and their is even more pressure when you are favored to win the rookie of the year. That is the added pressure that Tavon Austin will have to face this season. Austin has a lot of hype as he was one of the fastest players in the draft as well as having great playmaking ability at West Virginia being used everywhere on the field, it is expected that the Rams use him in the same ways.

The list for Offensive Rookie of the Year odds are below, and Austin leads with odds of 5:1, and really there is no reason Ausin shouldnt win the award. There were no big name quarterbacks selected like RG3 or Andrew Luck, and Austin was the best offensive player in the draft. Unless one of the quarterbacks has a year better than expected or Austin disappoints, he should win the award. Austin has made limited plays in the preseason having only 4 catches for 28 yards, all coming last week, but he should find himself a lot more active once the regular season begins.

Offensive Rookie of the Year Odds

Player Team Pos Odds
Tavon Austin STL WR 5-1
Montee Ball DEN RB 11-2
Eddie Lacy GB RB 7-1
EJ Manuel BUF QB 10-1
Geno Smith NYJ QB 10-1
Deandre Hopkins HOU WR 10-1
LeVeon Bell PIT RB 12-1
Robert Woods BUF WR 14-1
Tyler Eifert CIN TE 14-1
Aaron Dobson NE WR 16-1
Cordarrelle Patterson MIN WR 16-1
Justin Hunter TEN WR 20-1
Keenan Allen SD WR 20-1
Denard Robinson JAC RB 25-1
Zach Ertz PHI TE 25-1
Matt Barkley PHI QB 33-1
Joseph Randle DAL RB 33-1
Mike Gillislee MIA RB 33-1

Austin will only be a rookie, and you cant assume anything yet, but if Austin does in fact win the award he would be the first non-quarterback to win the award since 2009 win Percy Harvin, the player Austin has been compared to, won it, and the first Ram since 2010 when Bradford won it. At the end of the day there is still a full season to play and anything and everything is possible. Until Austin steps onto the field for his first regular season game, we have no idea what kind of player he will be or how the Rams will use him.

Austin doesnt have a lot of competition for the offensive rookie of the year award and he is the biggest playmaker in the group. That is the reason why the Rams traded up and went to go get him. Austin will obviously have his rookie mistakes, as every rookie does. In Austin’s case however, the good things he does on the field will outweigh the bad things. The Rams believe Austin can be special and obviously so does Vegas, it is only a matter of time before we find out just how special he is.

 

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